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Updated: 9/26/2012 4:02 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- A man who was hurt in a local house fire has died from his injuries.

Leopoldo Rodriguez was hurt while rescuing two children after a fire broke out Saturday morning near Hacienda and Maryland parkway.

Firefighters say it all started when a deep fryer was knocked over and the oil inside ignited. Rodriguez, another adult and two children were all taken to UMC with serious burns. The children are still in critical condition.

Two dogs perished in the fire.

Clark County Fire Department spokesman Dan Kulin said the fire started on an enclosed front porch when a deep fryer over an open flame was accidentally knocked over. The spilled oil then ignited. The fire spread into the house and attic. There were about a dozen family members and friends in the home at the time.

The fire at 5225 Reeder Court was reported at 11:12 a.m. and was extinguished at 11:29 a.m.

The family has set up the Robles House Fire Relief Fund. Anyone interested in donating may do so at a Wells Fargo branch. The account number is 5714691705.
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