Las Vegas firefighters were called to a home near Cheyenne and Torrey Pines around 3:30 a.m. when someone reported smoke in the area. When crews arrived to the home on Brooks Avenue, they found a home fully engulfed in flames.
“We we arrived, the roof was already caving in, which is an indication that this fire had been burning for at least an hour before we got here,” said Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski. “Once we opened (the roof) up, those flames were going straight up to the sky because of all the fuel that was in the house.”
Neighbors reported seeing flames as high as 30 feet in the air before crews got the flames under control.
Neighbors also reported that the resident, a renter of the house, was home Monday night, but according to firefighters, no one was in the home at the time of the fire.
“We always assume that somebody is in every building until we can search it,” said Szymanski. “We haven’t been able to do that yet because it is still too hot for the firefighters to go inside.”
Metro Police confirm a cadaver dog was called to the scene to search for possible victims.
The first firefighters on the scene had to take a defensive position against the fire as it completely gutted the interior of the home. The house is considered a total loss.