Las Vegas firefighters rescued a man from a burning condominium late Friday evening.
One other occupant escaped through a rear bedroom window.
Fire dispatchers received a 911 call at 11:40 p.m. Friday that a condo was filling with smoke in a condo building on Decker Canyon Drive, near Vegas Drive and Cimarron Road but the occupants were not sure where the smoke was coming from. They said they also heard people screaming outside there was a fire and someone was possibly trapped inside one of the condo units.
When firefighters arrived, smoke was showing from a downstairs condo unit of a two-story, four-unit condo building. Firefighters were told again that someone was still inside the smoke-filled unit. When firefighters entered the condo, it was completely filled with smoke and the kitchen was on fire.
Firefighter’s first concern was finding the occupant. They passed the fire in the kitchen and went to a rear bedroom where they found the occupant that was unresponsive.
Furniture had fallen making the rescue extra difficult for the firefighters as they had to lift the individual over the furniture to get to the outside.
Once in the ambulance the victim started to slightly respond but was suffering from smoke inhalation. The victim was taken to the trauma unit at University Medical Center. His condition was considered critical by paramedics.
Other firefighters entered the condo and put the fire out in the kitchen. The fire was out in nine minutes after arrival on scene.
The fire gutted the kitchen and caused smoke damage throughout the rest of the condo. Damage was estimated at $35,000.
Both occupants were asleep when the fire started. It is unclear what woke them. No smoke alarms were found in the home.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The American Red Cross is assisting the two occupants of the condo unit.