weather icon Clear

Christmas Day fire uproots owner, roommates

A local woman’s home was destroyed by a fire on Christmas day, leaving her and two roommates seeking a place to stay and losing nearly everything.

According to Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Lewis, the call came in at approximately 11 p.m. on Thursday night involving a home on Doubletree Road.

Lewis said that when the engine arrived the 2,500-square-foot modular home was, “approximately 75 percent involved.”

“There was a heavy fire that consumed the roof of the home. However, there were no injuries,” Lewis said.

Homeowner Candy Kirk and her two roommates were not home at the time the fire broke out. Kirk said she has lived in the home for the past three years.

“I was visiting down the street and then I got the call from the sheriff’s department,” Kirk said. “When I called the sheriff’s department back, that’s when they told me that my house had caught fire.”

The Red Cross is helping to assist the displaced residents.

“Thank God nobody was home,” Kirk said. “The Red Cross has already been here and they gave us a voucher for the next two or three days, I think.”

Michael Knight, one of Kirk’s roommates, said that they lost everything in the fire.

“We really need just about everything,” Knight said. “We lost everything, clothes, socks, shoes, you name it. We just had a brand new stove and refrigerator delivered and set up last week.”

Kirk explained that Knight had just finished putting brand new carpet throughout the back of the home.

There was a recreational vehicle parked in the back of the property, however, the fire never spread to the vehicle.

Lewis said that he is not sure what caused the fire but that it is currently under investigation.

The fire department was sent out again on Friday morning to put out additional hot spots to ensure that any glowing embers were extinguished properly.

Anyone interested in contacting Kirk to offer assistance or donations can call her at 775-513-2099 or Knight at 702-271-1472.

Contact reporter Michelle Hermann by emailing michelle.pvtimes@gmail.com.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Missing Texas woman found safe in Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. – Park rangers were dispatched to Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park around 2:30 a.m. on March 24 to look for a woman reported missing by her companions. The woman returned around 8:20 a.m. after hiking to a road and hitchhiking.

TOWN HALL: Assemblyman Hafen talks voter ID bill, solar energy, parking perks for veterans

Nevada Assemblyman Greg Hafen II (R-Pahrump) hosted his first Live Town Hall of the 2023 Legislative Session last month, discussing a wide variety of topics with his constituents, including solar farms, his proposed voter ID requirement, a veterans’ bill he is sponsoring and more.

Dishwasher saves choking diner at Pahrump Senior Center

Adrienne Fors says she was eating pork and rice when she literally bit off more than she could chew. “When I tried to swallow, it went down my throat and then then it got caught with the curve of my throat. Thank goodness Troy was there to do the Heimlich on me.”

Ruling: Former Nye County commissioner benefited from his vote to increase pandemic-relief funds

The Nevada State Ethics Commissions found earlier this week that former Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo had failed to disclose his financial interests ahead of a vote to increase pandemic-relief funds to local small business owners. He benefited about $35,000 from the deal, according to the finding of a state ethics panel.

Celebrate life at this popular butterfly release

The event is sponsored by Nathan Adelson Hospice and comforts those who are grieving the loss of a loved ones.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Basin and Blagg intersection closure starts Monday

The construction currently underway on Basin Avenue has been focused on the intersection at Blagg Road for the last few weeks and Nye County Public Works will soon have that intersection back to full use but first, the department will need to close it to regular traffic, a fact which area motorists will want to take note.

SNEAK PEEK: Go inside ‘The Bagel Lady’s’ new Pahrump shop – PHOTOS

Shelly Fisher AKA “The Bagel Lady” is opening Shelly’s NY Bagels on March 25. Fisher has customized the corner suite at 1190 E. Highway 372 and will serve breakfast and lunch there. She tells the Pahrump Valley Times how the local community has helped grow her operation and gave our Faye Burdzinski and John Clausen an inside look at her new operation.

Pahrump fugitive arrested after months on the run

Anthony Bell evaded a SWAT-team standoff earlier this month. Footage shows the suspect brandished a rifle outside Pahrump casino following a fight in December.