LAS VEGAS (AP) — A late night house fire near downtown Las Vegas killed one resident, injured another and left nearly a dozen police officers suffering with minor smoke inhalation.
Fire and Rescue spokesman Timothy Szymanski says police weren’t able to immediately reach a woman screaming for help inside the burning house at Washington and J St late Wednesday night because the door and all the windows had bars on them and prevented escape.
Several police officers worked to reach her and wound up using a bolt cutter to hack the door in half and pull her to safety. She was hospitalized with smoke inhalation.
Meanwhile, firefighters located a man in a room but the bars also prevented his escape. Szymanski says by the time they reached him, he was dead.
Without specifying an exact number, Szymanski says “nearly a dozen” police officers were treated for minor smoke inhalation.
The Fire Department says the fire may have been caused by careless smoking.
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