Las Vegas Fire & Rescue
Published Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 8:09 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, May 15, 2013 | 5:37 p.m.
A couple and their four young children escaped injury overnight when a fire gutted their northwest Las Vegas Valley home.
Clark County Fire Department investigators continue looking into the cause of the blaze at a single-story home in the 4100 block of Tomsik Street, which is in a rural area northwest of North Cimarron and West Alexander roads. The house was just outside the Las Vegas city limits.
The fire broke out about 1:15 a.m. in a shed behind the house and spread to the home, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
Szymanski said a young couple and their four children were asleep when they heard what they thought was a car horn.
The man told firefighters he then heard a couple of explosions, looked outside and saw a glow. He went outside and found the shed behind the house on fire, officials said.
The man tried unsuccessfully to use a hose to put out the fire before the wind spread the flames to the house, Szymanski said. He ran inside, called 911 and got his family out of the house.
By the time Las Vegas Fire & Rescue crews arrived, the blaze was well into the house and the roof was caving in, Szymanski said. It took 30 minutes to bring the fire under control, using a ladder truck to pump water from above, he said.
The house was a loss, he said.
Late Wednesday afternoon, a county spokesman put the estimated damages at $300,000.
The family was being assisted by the Red Cross, Szymanski said.