By Kelsey Givens
Local firefighters were called to put out a large structure fire earlier this week at a home on East Blosser Ranch Road, which apparently caught fire while the family who lives there was out of town.
Fire Chief Scott Lewis said Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Services received a call around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an unknown type fire in the area of East Blosser Ranch Road and Natalia Lane.
The fire was quickly upgraded from an unknown situation to a structure fire after further information reportedly came into dispatch, telling them the fire was coming from a home on Blosser Ranch Road.
When firefighters arrived on scene, Lewis said they discovered a two-story single family home with heavy fire conditions including flames that could be seen coming through the roof.
“Upon arrival, we found heavy fire conditions on a two-story single family dwelling with fire showing through the roof, and it appeared it had been burning a little while before someone had discovered it,” he said.
Initially it was unclear to firefighters if the home was occupied at the time of the fire or not, but Lewis said it was quickly uncovered that the family who lives in the home was actually out of town on a trip and no one was in the home at the time the fire began.
Firefighters had to use caution as they initially began putting the blaze out as a live power line running from the home to a nearby power utility was still active when they arrived on scene.
“We had a downed power line that ran from the utility to the structure and it was energized, so we had to take extra precaution at the scene until Valley Electric could respond. Once that was secured and we were able to work around it, the fire was quickly placed under control,” he said.
Although no one was home at the time of the fire, there was one injury to report from the incident.
A member of the PVFRS team that responded that morning sprained his ankle on uneven terrain while working to help put out the fire.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the incident remained under investigation and authorities did not have an exact cause for what started the fire.
Though the cause is not yet clear, Lewis added that it did not appear at this time that the fire was suspicious.
“We’re looking at different things, but right now it does not appear to be suspicious, but we’re looking at all aspects of the fire,” he said.