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Emergency calls: UTV crash on dry lake bed prompts life flight

No injuries were reported after a fire destroyed an enclosed utility trailer last Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Pahrump Fire Chief Scott Lewis said crews were dispatched to the 1700 block of Casey Street just after 11:30 p.m.

“Upon arrival, fire crews found the utility trailer that was well-involved in fire,” he said. “The exposures were plants and trees in the area but no immediate structures.”

Crews were able to knock down the fire in short order.

Lewis said the cause appeared to be accidental in nature.

On Thursday, fire crews were summoned to the area of Bell Vista Road and Barney Street for a report of a single-vehicle rollover crash just after 12:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, Lewis said the driver of the vehicle was not on scene, thus no medical aid was administered. The investigation is underway by the sheriff’s office.

A serious crash on the dry lake bed off of Homestead Road prompted a Mercy Air launch just before 1 p.m., on Saturday.

“Upon arrival, crews found a Utility Task Vehicle-type accident on the dry lake bed,” Lewis said. “The patient displayed injuries consistent with flight to UMC Trauma. Mercy Air 21 was brought to the dry lake bed where patient care was transferred and the patient was transported to UMC Trauma.”

Also on Saturday, fire crews responded to BLM land on Gamebird Road for a brush fire, just before 9 p.m.

“Upon arrival, we found an approximately 100-square-foot mixed brush fire,” Lewis said. “There were numerous vehicles observed leaving that area and crews quickly suppressed the fire with no extensions to other nearby ground cover. The sheriff’s office was assisting with the investigation. The fire occurred on BLM land.”

Fire crews and law enforcement also responded to a suicide attempt by way of an explosion on the 900 block of Wilson Road on Sunday morning just after 8:30.

“It was a police action where an individual had tried to commit suicide by bomb,” Lewis said. “He opened a propane tank with the intent of causing an explosion in the building. Law enforcement investigated the incident and took that person into care and custody. We provided patient care for two individuals and we also completed an assessment of the building, including monitoring the air. The area was opened up and well-ventilated. There were no further issues.”

Lewis also noted several suspicious brush fires around town in recent days.

“We’ve had brush fires on Gamebird and Wilson roads where many of them have been running by the roadside,” he said. “Some of these fires have been indicated to have been possibly ignited by fireworks. They are all under investigation.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

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