UPDATE: The Clark County coroner’s office has identified the man whose body was found at the bottom of a staircase following a house fire in the south Las Vegas valley. He was identified as 51-year-old James Joseph Burritt of Las Vegas. His cause of death is still pending.
According to public records, Burritt was a former LVMPD corrections officer.
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — One person is dead after a house fire in the south Las Vegas valley, according to the Clark County Fire Department.
CCFD received a call about a structure fire in the 900 block of Cavaison Avenue near Silverado Ranch Boulevard and Maryland Parkway around 7:16 p.m., according to PulsePoint.
According to CCFD, it received calls from multiple people saying, “the whole house is on fire, unknown if anyone is inside.”
When crews arrived, they found a two-story single-family home with heavy smoke and fire coming out of it. According to CCFD, crews were unable to enter the residence and began defensive operations.
Once a majority of the fire was out, crews began offensive fire operations and found one person dead inside. The fire was extinguished by 7:57 p.m., according to CCFD.
Fire investigators and LVMPD have responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.