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Brush fire spreads to northwest Las Vegas home

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Updated: 6/20/2013 11:01 pm
LAS VEGAS -- A house on the northwest side of the city was destroyed by a fire Thursday afternoon after some brush outside caught fire and spread to the house.

A Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper in the area saw the smoke and went to the scene.

Fire dispatchers received a call from the NHP dispatcher that a trooper found a house on fire near the intersection of N. Decatur Boulevard and West Alexander Road at 2:08 p.m. 

The trooper was in the area and saw the smoke and drove toward it where he found brush on the side of the road at 4200 Tuffer Lane on fire.

He attempted to put the fire out using a fire extinguisher from his patrol unit, but the fire continued to get larger and brisk southerly winds were pushing the fire toward the one story wood frame house.

The trooper went into the yard looking for a garden hose but could not find one. He started to bang on the front door and yelled to see if anyone was inside.

Four teens, age 16 to 19 years were inside the house and heard the trooper banging on the door and yelling. They said they were too scared to open the door and they didn’t know who it was.

When they looked out and saw it was a trooper, they opened the door. At that point he told them to get out the house was on fire.

The teens said there was black smoke everywhere and they could barely see. They ran through the smoke outside to safety. No one injured.

When firefighters arrived on scene a few minutes later the 1500 square foot home was fully involved with fire. The air conditioner on the roof was caving into the home just after firefighters arrived. It took firefighters about 30 minutes to put the fire out.

Fire investigators determined the fire started outside in the brush on the side of road, possibly due a discarded cigarette. The brisk winds fanned the flames and pushed them up the side of the house through a vent into the attic, where once again the winds pushed it across the attic.

The fire was burning above the teens without their knowledge. There were no signs of a fire or smoke inside the house.

The house was destroyed by the fire. Damage is estimated at $200,000.

There were no injuries during the incident and the American Red Cross is assisting five people that lived in the house.

-- From news release
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