Brush fires keep Pahrump firefighters busy on holiday

Crews from Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services remained quite busy in the days leading up to the Fourth of July.

Fire Chief Scott Lewis said crews responded to numerous service calls relating to the use of fireworks.

“Throughout the mid-portion of the week, including the Fourth of July, we responded to numerous brush and grass fires,” he said. “Those fires were all quickly controlled with no extension to the primary dwellings that they were close to, and it appears that all of those incidents involved the use of fireworks. There were no injuries reported.”

Additionally, Lewis said fire crews responded to a two-vehicle collision just after 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 1.

“This was a motor vehicle accident and rescue assignment at the intersection of Blosser Ranch Road and Blagg Road,” Lewis said.

“Upon arrival, crews found a rear-end type collision with one person briefly entrapped. That person was removed from the vehicle and transported to the local hospital.”

Several hours later, fire crews were dispatched to the parking lot of Walgreens at 770 South Highway 160 for a reported vehicle fire just before 9:30 p.m.

“Upon arrival, crews found a well-involved engine compartment fire extending to the passenger compartment in close proximity to a commercial structure,” Lewis said. “Crews quickly protected the structure and extinguished the fire with no extension to the structure. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire was the result of a mechanical failure within the engine compartment.”

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