An early morning fire has reportedly destroyed a home in North Las Vegas. According to the Las Vegas Sun, crews from both the North Las Vegas and Las Vegas Fire Departments responded to a call around 3:50 am of a fire at 521 Recco Avenue, near Lake Mead Boulevard.
Reports state that fire fighters arrived on the scene to smoke pouring out of the attic and roof of the home. According to North Las Vegas Fire Department Captain Cedric Williams, it took crews nearly 20 minutes to finally extinguish the fire.
In an earlier report by The Inquisitr, a fire in St. Louis County recently killed two children. Firefighters responded to a call around 5:30 am Monday morning to a home on the 8200 block of Airport Road. Witnesses said the small home was completely engulfed in flames by the time the fire and rescue squads arrived on scene.
Three children and their parents were home at the time of the fire, and police say that two young boys, estimated to be between the ages of two and five, where both killed when they were not able to escape due to the deadbolt lock on the front door. The Inquisitr reported that the children’s mother and father were both able to escape the burning building through a bedroom window with their 18-month-old daughter.
At the time of the report, the devastating fire was still under investigation. Fire Chief Henry Williams has said that he believes that a space heater contributed to the blaze. “I would say that [use of space heaters] was probably one of the contributing factors,” Williams said. Police revealed that several space heaters were found inside the home.
While three of the family members were able to get out of the home, the report stated that they did suffer from injures. The father reportedly suffered the most severe because after getting his wife and daughter out of the home, he went back to try and save his two boys. “Sadly, he was not able to get to them, and they were found dead inside the home.”
In the case of the Las Vegas fire, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the woman who lived at the resident was not home at the time of the fire. “The woman who lived at the residence told firefighters she could stay with family and would not need assistance from the American Red Cross.” Investigators are still working to determine what caused the fire.
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