Las Vegas Sun

April 25, 2019

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Neighbor breaks into house, alerts deaf woman to fire

A deaf woman was at her house Tuesday when a fire started, but she didn’t realize it until a neighbor broke in and warned her, according to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials.

The fire, which was reported about 11:15 p.m., might have started in a pile of trash outside and burned up the rear wall of the two-story house in the 4500 block of Mark Avenue, near Decatur and Lake Mead boulevards, officials said.

The woman was not aware of the fire until the neighbor broke in and showed her the flames through a window, officials said. Both escaped without injury.

It took crews about 15 minutes to bring the blaze under control, officials said. A firefighter suffered a cut hand that required medical attention at the hospital, officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The area where the fire possibly started was filled with a large amount of trash, which probably contributed to the intensity of the fire, officials said.

The downstairs of the house sustained moderate smoke and water damage but all contents were saved, officials said. A damage estimate was not immediately available.