(Las Vegas, NV) Two people have died and two people were taken to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation after a house caught fire late Thursday evening on the city’s northwest side.
Fire dispatchers received several calls shortly before midnight that a house at 9209 Empire Rock Street (Iron Mountain/US 95) was on fire. Two people who made it out of the house told neighbors that two elderly people were still inside the burning home.
When firefighters arrived at the one story wood frame house of approximately 3700 square feet, the house was covered with very dense smoke making visibility difficult. A short time later flames broke through the roof and a second alarm was dispatched to prevent the fire from spreading to a neighboring home.
The bulk of the fire was knocked down within an hour, the fire was declared under control at 1:30 a.m.
Two people were taken to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation. Indications from neighbors are they are the people who live in the house. Both are elderly. One of them has life threatening injuries.
Two other elderly adults were visiting the couple. One person was located inside the home just after the fire was brought under control, the other person was found just before 4:00. Extensive damage debris made it extremely difficult for firefighters to locate the two fatalities.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The house sustained extensive damage and the house next door had very minor heat damage to the exterior.
There were no injuries reported to first responders.
This incident remains under investigation.