LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — It was below average on Christmas Day in the city of Las Vegas proper when it came to emergency responses by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. On a day which had the possibility of a number of fire related incidents that could occur, there was only one incident that was significant.
Firefighters responded to a garage fire in the 4800 block of Yellow Pine Lane at 10:29 a.m. Dec. 25. Smoke was showing from the garage of the two story house when firefighters arrived. Firefighters found a fire in the wall of the garage. They were able to confine it to the garage. The interior of the house was not damaged by the fire. Damage was estimated at $50,000, Four adults were displaced, the American Red Cross assisted the occupants. The cause of the fire was undetermined, but electrical in origin could not be ruled out.
There were five outside fires, mostly dumpsters and two other fires in buildings. One was a cooking fire in an apartment, which was out by the time firefighters arrived due to the use of a fire extinguisher. The other was a small bedroom fire just before Noon. That fire was out when firefighters arrived, occupants used a garden hose to put the small fire out.
Firefighters responded to 250 incidents on Friday, average is 274. There were no injuries reported with any of the incidents.
The period between Christmas and New Year’s is the time of year when most live Christmas tree fires occur. Trees should be maintained just as done before the holiday until they are taken down and out of the house. If they are dry and shedding lots of needles, it should be taken down and out of the building as soon as possible. Extreme care and attention should be practiced if you continue to keep your Christmas tree up