LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — This Fourth of July holiday was one of the busiest for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) as they responded to 146 fires on Saturday. In 2019, firefighters responded to 130.
Over the course of the day, at least four homes were damaged by fire. The past four years on July 4, there was no significant damages to buildings, according to the agency.
Las Vegas firefighters say the number of 146 consists of all types of fires, including calls that were unfounded.
The majority were outside fires which consisted of brush, grass, trash cans, dumpsters, trees and other outside elements. Many of them were tree fires which were started by fireworks, LVFR says.
Below is a breakdown of the fires that damaged buildings/vehicles across the valley on July 4:
- Outside fire in large property in the west valley: consumed two vehicles
- Firefighters were on scene for over an hour to make sure that fire was out
- House fire on Piccola Way (Jones/Oakey): roof caught fire of a two-story house
- Firefighters were able to quickly put that fire out before there was significant damage
- Two-story house fire on Pomerado Drive (Vegas/Buffalo): Flames coming from the roof, fire extended into the attic
- Significant damage, people displaced
- One-story house fire on Parsifal Place (Jones/US95): palm tree caught fire, extended to a parked vehicle
- The fire caused minor damage to the outside of the house
- Two-story house fire on Red Badge Avenue (Centennial Pkwy/CC215): garage fire “completely gutted” the garage, according to LVFR, and destroyed a parked vehicle
- Significant damage to the garage, people displaced
LVFR says there were no injuries reported in any of the incidents. Fireworks have not been ruled out in any of the fires. The cause of these fires remain under investigation.
The Combined Communications Center (Fire/Medical 9-1-1 Center) at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue headquarters handled nearly 1,400 calls during the holiday. The average number of calls in a day is 925.
Las Vegas firefighters also responded to another house fire Sunday morning in the Bonanza Village subdivision near Vegas Drive and Martin L. King Boulevard.
When firefighters arrived, they found that a large patio cover attached to the house was on fire and it was extending to the interior of the home.
According to LVFR, the fire completely gutted the large patio and caused some damage to the interior of the home. Damage is estimated at $100,000.
Two adults are displaced because of the fire, but there were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is unknown.