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Fire causes $45K damage to southeast Vegas home

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Updated: 3/07/2013 12:01 pm
LAS VEGAS -- A resident suffered minor injuries this morning when he tried to fight a fire at his home near the intersection of South Sandhill and Tropicana in the southeast part of the valley.

The fire caused $45,000 in damage to a single-story home, according to Clark County Fire Department officials.

Units were dispatched shortly before 9 a.m. to 3909 San Andreas Ave. 

Multiple callers reported heavy flames and smoke from the rear of a residence after hearing an explosion followed by several smaller explosions.

The first unit on scene extended lines to the rear of the home and began to attack a fire that had engulfed an enclosed patio area and extended to the house and attic.

An occupant of the residence had attempted to extinguish the fire before CCFD's arrival and sustained minor injuries. He was treated but not transported from the scene by medical personnel. No other injuries were reported.

"The Clark County Fire Department would like to remind everyone that attempting to extinguish rapidly spreading fires without proper training and equipment can lead to serious injury or death," Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen wrote in a release after the fire. "It is highly recommended that you rapidly evacuate the immediate area using a predesignated exit plan and dial 911. Material possessions can be replaced, lives cannot."

While the exact cause of the fire and the reported explosions are under investigation, CCFD investigators estimated the damage at $45,000. A total of 26 fire personnel responded and received automatic aid from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue's Heavy Rescue Unit from Station 44.




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