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UPDATE: Drug pipe, use of flammable caused fire near Smoke Ranch, Decatur

Posted at 5:14 PM, Dec 06, 2016

UPDATE:  Investigators say the fire was caused after drug pipe was being cleaned with a flammable substance believed to be acetone. This sparked the fire. The fire is still under investigation by the Abuse/Neglect unit. It's unclear if any charges will be filed.


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Two people were injured in a propane tank fire on Tuesday.

It was reported around 3:24 p.m. in the 5000 block of Roberta Lane, near Smoke Ranch Road and Decatur Boulevard.

A juvenile and his mother were both taken to UMC Trauma with burns.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue reported that the fire occurred in a motor home to the rear of the address.

The fire involved a two burner camp stove. Damage from the fire was limited to a chair and some carpet within the motor home.

"When we arrived on scene, there was a small child who sustained burns about 60 percent of his body," said Tim Szymanski with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

Officials said the boy is about 7 years old.

The father told 13 Action News his wife was cooking dinner on a small propane stove when something sparked the fire.

"Preliminary reports were there was a propane explosion -- there is no evidence of any time of an explosion," Szymanski said.
That's when police said the back of the boy's shirt caught on fire. When his mom tried to put it out, she also suffered burns to her hands.

The boy was in surgery at the time of this report. Neither he or his mother suffered life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.