By Kelsey Givens
A local family’s home was left uninhabitable after a possible juvenile-set fire damaged much of the residence over the weekend.
Fire Chief Scott Lewis said Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Services were dispatched for a report of a structure fire at approximately 5:30 p.m. Saturday to the area behind the 2300 block of W. Irene Street.
As first responders neared the location, a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy, who arrived first on scene, was able to redirect fire crews to an address at 2271 W. Shadow Mountain St. where a home had reportedly caught fire.
When PVFRS arrived, Lewis said crew members discovered a double-wide manufactured home with an attached breezeway and two-car garage showing heavy fire conditions.
Two adults and a young boy living in the home were reportedly able to make it out of the residence before the structure became engulfed in flames.
Lewis said there were no injuries to report from the incident to either the family or emergency personnel.
Fire crews worked quickly to stop the blaze and within a half-hour of being dispatched to the area were able to get the situation under control.
Lewis said the home suffered significant damage in the fire and was determined to be uninhabitable once the fire had been put out.
Despite being unlivable, however, Lewis said firefighters were able to save many of the family’s personal belongings inside the home.
The fire appeared to have begun in the breezeway of the home where it then spread to the main part of the residence and garage.
An investigation into the cause of the fire is being conducted by both PVFRS and the state fire marshal’s office, Lewis said.
Based on preliminary investigation results fire investigators are looking at the possibility that the fire was started by a juvenile in the home.
As of Monday morning the incident remained under investigation.
Lewis said the Red Cross has stepped in to provide assistance to the family until they can get back on their feet after losing their home.