Las Vegas firefighters responded to a house fire at 9169 W. Dorrell Lane (Elkhorn/Ft. Apache) at 1:02 a.m. Sunday on a report of a fire on the second floor of a home.
When firefighters arrived on scene they were met by one of the occupants who told firefighters that a sofa was burning on a loft on the second floor and they believed candles started the fire. They attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose, but were not successful. Firefighters found no smoke on the first floor, but when they ascended to the second floor they found heavy smoke and the sofa on fire. They had the fire extinguished in less than a minute. It took several minutes to evacuate the smoke upstairs. Once the smoke cleared, they found a pet cat that was deceased.
One of the occupants of the house was treated for smoke inhalation and refused to be taken to the hospital. They probably encountered the smoke while trying to put the fire out with the garden hose.
Damage was confined to the loft area. Damage was estimated at $20,000.
Fire investigators confirmed the fire was started by a candle that was too close to the sofa. The fire was ruled accidental.
Two adults and two teens are displaced because of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting.
Here are some safety tips concerning candles:
• Candles should only be used in a non-combustible container that can catch the melted material and hold the candle upright-securely .
• Candles should be kept at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
• Candles should not be permitted to burn unattended.
• Never sleep with a candle burning.
• Do not let children use candles.
• Do not use candles in the garage where there are many combustible items present.