High-impact motor vehicle collision sends two to Desert View Hospital

Two people were transported to Desert View Hospital on Thursday after a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Irene and Barney Street just after 10 a.m.

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Chief Scott Lewis said the high-impact crash left one vehicle resting on its side as fire crews arrived on scene.

“We did in fact find a two-vehicle accident with one vehicle resting on its side,” he said. “It was a T-bone type collision and all of the occupants self-extricated the vehicle. At least two patients were transported to the local hospital.”

On Wednesday, emergency crews were summoned to the south end of town for another reported two-vehicle collision that sent one person to the hospital just before 3 p.m.

“We were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident with injuries on South Homestead Road at Thousandaire Boulevard,” Lewis said. “It was actually listed as a multi-vehicle accident, but upon arrival, crews found a two-vehicle accident. There was an assessment of four patients and one was transported to the local hospital.”

An inflatable Godzilla perched atop of the Area 51 fireworks retailer got the attention of firefighters when it became engulfed in flames on Saturday just before 5 p.m.

Lewis said fire crews were summoned to the scene where no visible signs of fire were apparent upon arrival.

“We were dispatched to East Highway 372 for a structure fire,” he said. “While en route, crews were informed that there was fire showing from the roof. Upon arrival, we found a one-story commercial structure with nothing showing from the exterior.”

Lewis noted the initial investigation revealed the inflatable prop which was anchored to the rooftop of the business had somehow caught fire and burned.

“It did extend somewhat to the roof structure but it was quickly extinguished,” he said. “Crews brought the remaining materials safely to the ground and completed the investigation. The prop was a large inflatable Godzilla monster on top of Area 51 Fireworks.”

On Saturday evening, Lewis said Pahrump dispatchers received several calls from residents on the south end who reported seeing smoke and hearing odd sounds.

Lewis noted there was no real emergency as another fireworks retailer in town performing product testing at the old Pahrump Fairgrounds.

“Dispatch did receive some calls from citizens regarding an unknown type of incident,” he said. “Someone had heard the noise and saw some white smoke through the area, but it was found to be related to the fireworks testing event.”

Lewis said company officials who routinely test their new products are required to contact the fire department prior to the event.

“Most of the time the fireworks retailers in town do a good job and notify us in advance that they are going to be doing product testing,” Lewis said. “They give us a good idea of when and where it’s going to be held as well as the duration.”

As the July 4th holiday approaches, Lewis said residents can expect to see additional product testing around the community.

“The only thing that impacts that sometimes is the weather,” he said. “The last two Saturdays, there was weather moving through the area so it delayed the launch to a certain degree. They ran just a little bit later than usual.”

Lewis also said there will be additional testing coming up on Saturday at two separate areas in the valley.

“This is so the fireworks companies can do their respective product testing, so it’s not open to the public.”

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

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