4th of July fires cause damage across Las Vegas valley, keep fire crews busy

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Fire crews had their hands full overnight, battling blazes across the valley on the Fourth of July. Some houses were impacted by those fires, leaving people without a place to stay.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says they got around 175 calls — the most they’ve ever received during the Fourth of July.

“We were only sending one or two engines on each call because we were stretched so thin,” said Tim Szymanski of Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

At least five homes across the city were damaged, including this one near Jones & 95. 

We’re told palm trees caught fire, allowing the blaze to char part of the house.

“We went for about four years without any structures being damaged to the point that people were displaced or they couldn’t stay in overnight,” Szymanski said.

While many fires are still under investigation, one thing is pretty clear for those that began on the roof.

“That’s a pretty good indicator that the fire started by fireworks,” Szymanski said.

It was also a busy holiday weekend for fire crews in other parts of the valley, not just in Las Vegas.

One Henderson home burned for three hours early Sunday morning.

Neighbors tell us they believe fireworks started the blaze. One man jumped into action to help the homeowners.

“Their smoke alarm wasn’t even going off,” said Frances Gribbin. “My wife saw the flames, came and got me, I grabbed my phone, ran out the door, banged on the door to get them up, they came right out.”

Despite the destruction, the good news is no major injuries have been reported.

“There were a lot of fires out there that could have been potentially more dangerous,” Szymanski said.

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