Two people have lost their lives after a house caught fire late Thursday evening on the city’s northwest side. The fire also sent two people to the hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Fire dispatchers received several calls at 11:53 p.m. that a house at 9209 Empire Rock St., near Iron Mountain Road and U.S. 95, was on fire. Two elderly people who made it out of the house and told neighbors that two elderly people were still inside the burning home.
When firefighters arrived at the one story wood frame house of approximately 3,700 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.
The two elderly people who escaped the home were taken to the hospital with burns and smoke inhalation. Two other elderly adults were visiting, and they were both found deceased inside the home. One body was located inside the home just after the fire was brought under control, and the other body was found just before 4 a.m. Extensive damage and debris made it extremely difficult for firefighters to locate the two fatalities.
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.
You Tube Video & Photos of incident: CREDIT LAS VEGAS FIRE & RESCUE. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvKTdiJLYEM&list=UUZkLSGx-JFEr79ezh7IGZ4Q
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