LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A mother and her 6-year-old son are dead after suffering severe burns in a house fire. Both were rushed to the hospital but didn’t survive.
“We haven’t had a small child fire fatality for quite a while, and emotionally, it affects everybody that’s on scene because they have children of their own,” said Tim Szymanski, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.
A man in the home was treated for smoke inhalation and released from the hospital.
Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded Tuesday morning to the house fire in the northwest Valley near Oakey Boulevard and Cimarron Road.
The woman and child were in the bedroom where the fire was confined, according to Tim Szymanski, LVFD public information officer. The man was in another part of the home.
Due to the serious nature of the incident, LVFD Tweeted a full-scale investigation will be conducted with Metro and the Clark County Coroner, which is standard procedure.
“This is routine on a very critical fire. Will take several hours,” Syzmanski said.
A call reporting the incident was received at 8:19 a.m. The fire department said light smoke was seen coming from the two-story home, located in the 1900 block of Fox Canyon Circle.
According to fire officials, the mattress was very flammable.
“They make very, very thick smoke; it gets very hot, and it’s very hard for a person to live through that, especially if they’re in a confined space just like a bedroom,” Szymanski said.
Fire officials have a message for residents.
“Fire hurts everybody, it hurts the whole community,” Szymanski said. “This week is fire prevention week and this is why we remind parents, you need to sit down and talk to your children about the dangers of a fire.”