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November 30, 2015

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Metro officer rescues woman from blaze

Woman rescued

A Metro Police officer rescued a homeless woman sleeping in the carport of a vacant home from a spreading fire Thursday morning.

The officer was on patrol on F Street near Adams Street when he noticed a fire in the carport of a boarded-up home, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said. A woman bundled in blankets was near the flames.

Authorities said a fire she had lit to stay warm had been fanned by the wind and had ignited the home. The officer dragged the woman from the flames and attempted to douse the fire with an extinguisher, but it was futile, Szymanski said. The woman appeared to be intoxicated.

Fire dispatchers received reports of the fire around 4:10 a.m., and arrived at the 1000 block of F Street to find the flames had spread into the attic of the wood-frame house, Szymanski said. The fire was extinguished in 10 minutes and caused an estimated $40,000 to the home.

No one was injured.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue investigators believe the woman had been using the carport as a shelter and had a small warming fire that spread from the wind.

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