LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Fire Department is investigating the cause of the first fire fatality of the year within its jurisdiction. The fire occurred at 4:20 p.m. Tuesday at a home located at 7291 Witchita near Warm Springs and Interstate 215.
According to the Metro watch commander, a four-year-old child with autism and was transported to University Medical Center Pediatric in full cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead.
The Clark County Coroner’s office has identified the victim as Maximiliano Rene Ibarra-Martinez, a 4-year-old male.
The official cause of death is pending further examination and investigation.
According to Clark County spokeswoman Stacey Welling, Fire Department personnel reported smoke and flames coming from the northwest side of the house upon arrival and received reports of victims trapped inside. The first arriving firefighters immediately entered the home to search for victims.
Firefighters located the young victim inside the home unconscious and not breathing. Fire officials say the boy’s mother and a sister were at home at the time of the fire and were unharmed. A Clark County Fire Department rescue unit transported the victim to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
An initial second alarm was called on this fire due to reports of multiple victims being trapped, with a total of 54 personnel responding. Arriving crews were able to knock down the fire within about 10 minutes.
Some units were cancelled upon arrival or while en-route to the scene.
The Clark County Fire Department and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department are conducting a joint investigation as part of their normal protocols for investigating any fire involving a fatality.
Last year, the Clark County Fire Department had two fire fatalities, the lowest number of fatalities on record for the department. In 2012, there were 13 fatal fires in Clark County.