By Kelsey Givens
Firefighters were kept busy Saturday as they were called to respond to three separate fires throughout the day, one of which involved calling police to the scene to keep the peace with an emotional family.
Fire Chief Scott Lewis said Pahrump Valley Fire Rescue Services began the day about 2:30 a.m. with a call for service at Saddle West where an item in the kitchen reportedly caught fire.
“They had a fire at Saddle West, but it was contained to a deep fat fryer in the kitchen, so there was no true structural damage,” he said. “There was fire on several areas of the kitchen equipment, but that fire was quickly contained without extension.”
No injuries were reported from the kitchen fire, and after quickly getting the flames under control PVFRS was able to leave the scene.
Three hours later firefighters received another report of fire at about 5:30 a.m., this time for an unknown-type fire burning on Balzar Street.
When crews arrived on scene, the fire was determined to be coming from a single-story wood frame structure on the property with heavy smoke conditions showing from outside.
Firefighters were quickly able to determine the fire condition was coming from inside the structure and were able to begin fighting it through a nearby window.
The home was unoccupied at the time of the incident and after an investigation conducted by a junior state fire marshal, it was determined the fire appeared to be accidental in nature.
Lewis said there were no injuries to report from this fire either and that the structure suffered heat and smoke damage throughout from the incident.
After having battled both of those, PVFRS was called out again at 5:30 p.m., this time for a report of a structure fire on Shadow Mountain Street with people evacuating from the residence.
Lewis said when firefighters arrived on scene they discovered a singlewide manufactured home on fire close to several other residences in the area.
“Crews made an aggressive defensive attack from the exterior because of the extent of fire. The fire was quickly controlled with no extension to any of those nearby exposed structures,” Lewis said.
As firefighters were attempting to battle the fire and determine what was going on at the scene, the family of the home’s occupants reportedly became upset and highly emotional causing extra deputies to be called to the scene to ensure everyone remained calm.
“They weren’t actually angry at us, they were very emotional about the fire,” Lewis said. “There were a growing number of family members and they were in an agitated state because of the fire, not because of us, and so sheriff’s deputies brought additional deputies to the scene just to make sure everybody was going to stay calm.”
Despite emotions running high, deputies reportedly did not need to detain anyone and firefighters were able to continue doing their job to stop the fire.
Only one person was evaluated for smoke inhalation at the scene, but Lewis said that person later denied transport to the hospital for further care.
After an investigation of the incident was completed, it was determined that fire appeared to be accidental in nature.