Three roommates escaped with just the clothing they were wearing after fire destroyed their home early Wednesday afternoon.
Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue crews were dispatched to the fully-involved double-wide manufactured home located at 930 Firebird Circle West just after 1 p.m.
Fire Chief Scott Lewis instructed crews to perform what’s termed a “blitz attack” on what he termed a “high risk” fire as numerous exposures, including a vehicle, were in danger of being consumed by flames.
A five-year resident of the home, Michael Neal Ramsey said he noticed the bushes in his yard were on fire, prior to fleeing the home.
“All I heard was crackling and I said to myself, oh my God, what is that noise?” he said. “I rushed outside and all I saw was the porch on fire. I tried to grab a freaking fire extinguisher but it didn’t even come close to putting it out. It was just too small. I don’t know. Me and my roommates were able to get out of the house safely. I was literally in my boxers when the fire started. I was more worried about getting Robert out and getting my stuff and belongings to a safer place so it wouldn’t burn it up. My phone is inside the house, but it should be safe except for getting watered down.”
Ramsey was referring to his roommate Robert Hommel, who substantiated what Ramsey witnessed.
“I don’t know what happened,” he said. “I came out of my room and saw the porch on fire. It really scared and freaked me out.”
Fire crews had the fire under control in less than 30 minutes.
Valley Electric Association crews also responded to the fire grounds to cut power to the home.
Nye County Sheriff’s deputies also arrived for traffic control, along with crews from the Live PD television series.
The exact cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Pahrump Valley Fire-Rescue removed the burn moratorium effective Thursday, Nov. 1
Burn permits are issued Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m.-noon at Fire Station 1. People must be the property owner with proof of valid property insurance.
Burn Hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-noon. No burning on holidays or if winds exceed 5 mph.
The only items allowed to be burned are natural waste vegetation, meaning tree limbs, grass clippings, etc.
No burning of any household items, such as paper or plastic products.
Source: Nye County