(Las Vegas)–A late Monday morning house fire sent one person to the hospital for smoke inhalation. The American Red Cross is assisting six displaced people.
Fire dispatchers received numerous calls at 10:13 a.m. that black smoke was coming from a house at 3217 Miramar Drive (Cheyenne Avenue/Michael Way). Callers indicated that a bedridden woman may be trapped inside the house.
When firefighters arrived a few minutes later, light smoke was showing from the front of a one story wood frame/stucco house. It appeared that all the occupants, including the woman, were out of the house.
Firefighters entered the home and found a small fire in one of the bedrooms. Most of the fire was already out due to one of the occupants using a garden hose on the fire. Firefighters made sure the fire was out and removed the smoke from the interior of the house. At the same time fire paramedics were treating three people outside with smoke inhalation. Two of the three were treated and released; the third person was transported to UMC-Trauma in serious condition.
Fire investigators found the source of the fire, in the corner of one of the bedrooms. Very little had burned, but what did made a tremendous amount of black smoke. The cause of the fire is undetermined, careless smoking could not be ruled out.
There were no smoke alarms in the home. Had there been a smoke alarm, the residents may have gotten out sooner without suffering smoke inhalation.
The fire caused heavy smoke damage to one bedroom and the hallway. There was smoke odor throughout the rest of the house. Damage to the building was estimated at $1,000.
The American Red Cross is assisting six adults and two teens with temporary housing.