Man who died trying to rescue pets from fire identified

UPDATE FEB. 1: The Clark County Coroner has identified 62-year-old Kevin Michael Downey as the victim who died trying to save pets from a house fire near Flamingo and Sandhill roads.

ORIGINAL STORY: A man is dead after his home caught fire on Friday night.

It happened just before 11:30 p.m. Clark County Fire Department responded to the fire at 4408 Ridgecrest Drive.

The fire department was notified en route that someone was trapped in the house. Upon arrival, they found a large, singe-story home with heavy fire and smoke.

Due to the volume of fire and smoke fire crews had to fight their way into the structure to perform a search and rescue operation. Additional firefighters were called to the scene to assist with this intense situation.  

Witnesses stated that prior to the arrival of firefighters one resident who had escaped from the home went back in to try and save the family pets. This was the person reported to be trapped inside. Once inside the residence fire crews located and removed one adult male who unfortunately did not survive. Several family pets also died in the fire. 

A total of 38 county firefighters responded to this incident. Other responding agencies included the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County Coroner, Clark County Animal Control, Medic West Ambulance, Nevada Energy and Southwest Gas. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Clark County coroner will release the name of the deceased after relatives have been notified. 
 

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