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UPDATE: Firefighters escape before roof collapses in blaze near Rancho, Oakey

Posted at 12:32 PM, Feb 02, 2017

LATEST:  Neighbors are grateful that firefighters were able to save their homes.

"I was right here wiping the windows," said Silvia Brunn.

That's when she realized her neighbor's house had gone up in flames.

"The palm tree over here is right next to the wall," she said. 

Crews were able to prevent the fire from spreading. Firefighters were inside when the smoke got thicker.

"We had to go to a defensive operation because it just got worse," said Tim Szymanski of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.

Firefighters escaped before the roof collapsed.

Neighbors said they're thinking of the homeowner who lost everything in the blaze.

"It's about the worst thing that can happen other than death when you lose a home," said Brunn.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

ORIGINAL STORY

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire Thursday in the 2500 block of Callita Court, which is near Rancho Drive and Oakey Boulevard.

According to a tweet by the fire department, heavy flames and smoke could be observed in the attic of the house upon arrival.

The fire department reported around 1 p.m. that the bulk of the fire was out. There was one person and two dogs in the house when the fire started. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage is estimated at $289,000.