Fire Crews Respond to Third Fire in One Valley Home | News
Clark County fire crews responded to a fire at a vacant home on Lake Mead Boulevard near Toiyabe Street Friday morning.
The department started getting calls about the fire at about 7:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire showing from the home. They were able to bring the fire under control in about six minutes.
According to the department, this is the third fire that crews have been to at this home in the past several months. Fire investigators are not able to determine the exact cause of this blaze because of the damage from the other fires. However, fire officials believe it was started by a fire built to keep people warm or by smoking materials.
The house is very old and has been used by homeless people for shelter in the past.
The county issued a notice of abatement to the property owners. The building department will assess the stability of the home. The property owners may be required to demolish the home.
The fire department is warning people that fires in vacant homes can be more dangerous because by the time someone calls to report the fire it has grown significantly.
Clark County says it has responded to more fires in vacant homes since the economic downturn. According to CCFD statistics, the department went to 18 vacant home fires in 2007 compared to 26 in 2011. Last year, crews responded to 31 fires in vacant homes.