44°F
weather icon Windy

Family of four loses home, vehicle in structure fire

A family of four are trying to put their lives back together after a late-morning fire destroyed their home on Monday.

Fire Chief Scott Lewis said the fire started in a detached garage at a residence along the 3300 block of West Basin, and quickly spread.

Though the family, three adults and one child, escaped unharmed, several family pets succumbed to the fire.

A vehicle inside the garage was also destroyed by flames.

“The fire was initially reported to be a garage that was well-involved,” he said. “Once crews exited the fire station and within a minute of that notification, we immediately observe a large, dark smoke column developing in that area.”

After completing a scene size-up and risk assessment, Lewis said the fire began to quickly spread to a single-wide manufactured home on the property as crews were suppressing the flames.

“I found that the fire had extended into the primary dwelling, which was a single-wide manufactured dwelling with enclosed proximity,” he said. “Before I could even complete a circle around that building, it had fully involved the entire side of that primary dwelling.”

As crews continued to apply an exterior attack on the garage, Lewis said additional crews commenced an interior attack on the primary dwelling and managed to knock down the fire.

He noted that the family will need temporary assistance after the loss of their home.

“The occupants included three adults and one child and were all accounted for upon arrival,” he said. “There were several pets that were thought to be lost in that fire. We are working with the American Red Cross to assist those occupants.”

Lewis also said the cause of the fire appeared to be accidental in nature.

“The initial investigation has indicated that it was most likely and accidental fire related to the use of a welder in the garage.”

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
A heartwarming Winter Bed Build

The Nye County Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace hosted its very first Winter Community Bed Build last month and group members were not disappointed by the results.

GridLiance proposes transmission line upgrades

GridLiance is planning some major upgrades for its local transmission system and while these could certainly help support solar expansion, company officials stressed that the two proposed projects are in no way dependent upon such development.

NCSO: Two-vehicle collision claims life of Pahrump child

A Pahrump family is mourning the death of a child killed in a two-vehicle collision early Friday evening, Feb. 23. The crash occurred at the intersection of Highway 160 and Homestead Road just after 8 p.m.

Valley aquifer could reach “critical management” levels by 2055

After many months of painstaking research and calculations, a date has been placed on when the Pahrump Valley’s sole-source aquifer could reach critical management, with officials pegging the timeline at somewhere between the year 2055 and 2060. However, it was emphasized that this is an estimation and with so many variables at play, there is a possibility it could change.

How an injured and abandoned dog in Pahrump overcame the odds

A stray dog that was homeless, hospitalized and facing euthanasia earlier this month is now on the mend thanks to several in the community who helped raise thousands for its life-saving care.

Kellogg Park set for $70k expansion — here are the plans

The town of Pahrump is poised to purchase a parcel adjoining the lands dedicated to Kellogg Park, with a $70,000 offer for the 4.39 acre lot at 3781 E. Santovito St.

Guns, drugs, cash recovered in search could be part of crime ring, sheriff says

Officials from the U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Unit are assisting the Nye County Sheriff’s Office in the arrest and investigation of a man allegedly found possessing a hoard of guns, drugs and cash, according to Sheriff Joe McGill.

No same-day registration for Nye’s next live tax sale

Nye County is coming up on its next delinquent property tax sale and there is going to be a big change to the process — for the first time, there will be no same-day registration available.