LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) — One person was taken to the hospital for minor smoke inhalation and five people are displaced after a house fire Sunday evening near Arville and Charleston.
According to a release from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call at 8:27 p.m. from the occupants of the house on the 4300 block of Cory Place stating the water heater was on fire. When firefighters arrived, smoke and light flames were showing.
The large, one-story wood frame house is subdivided into smaller apartments, some with separate entrances from the outside. When firefighters were searching those units, they found one man still inside the unit that had some smoke in it. The individual was assisted out of the unit and then taken to the hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation.
The other four occupants had already evacuated the house.
Firefighters had the fire out in less than 10 minutes and confined it to a utility room and the attic above. The rest of the house had light to moderate smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $50,000.
The occupants told fire investigators they were home when the electricity went off. They went to the power box to see what the problem was. They began to smell something burning and when they went to search, they found the utility room on fire. They said there were flames at the bottom and top of the water heater in the room.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
There were no injuries to first responders. The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced occupants.