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2 houses damaged, 164 customers without power after two-alarm fire

160 customers without power after two-alarm fire
Posted at 6:41 PM, Jun 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-16 19:26:06-04

More than 160 homes had power knocked out during a two-alarm fire Friday.

The fire was reported around 2:20 p.m. at 4505 Alta Drive, near Decatur Boulevard. According to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, a man was trimming a tree and dropping branches into a fire pit that was being kept under control. The man then briefly went inside and when he came out, the fire had spread to a shed. The fire eventually spread to two separate houses due to high winds. 

A power pole also caught fire, knocking out power to an estimated 164 customers. Power is not estimated to be restored until Saturday so the American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the Mirabelli Community Center located at 6200 Hargrove Avenue. 

The fire also spread to Kennetha Petties' house right behind there. She says she just recently moved to Las Vegas after the wildfires in Los Angeles ended up just a few blocks away from her home. Now, just weeks after moving here, the fire hit her home, causing a lot of damage. 

"It makes me angry," she says. She adds that it's important for people to be careful with things like BBQ's because they can hurt others.  

Originally, it was reported one person was treated for injuries but fire officials later said there were no injuries reported. However, a pet cat did die as a result of the fire. 

Damages are estimated at $150,000.