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Neighbors rescue 2 people, Great Dane from fire

No injuries reported in fire near downtown
Posted at 6:00 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 03:29:07-04

No injuries were reported after a house fire near the downtown Las Vegas arts district Tuesday evening.

The fire was reported at 5:04 p.m. in the 1200 block of 4th Street, south of Charleston Boulevard and just west of Las Vegas Boulevard. The two occupants were able to escape out of a window with the help of neighbors.

Witnesses say neighbors helped pull a man and his dog as flames consumed the house.

"When we were pulling the dog out, you could see the fire coming through the wall," Mike Elliott said.

Elliott and other neighbors were seen on video pulling a 220-pound Great Dane from the home, before helping the owner out as well.

The dog's owner said while he would have made it out of the home on his own, he probably couldn't have saved his dog alone.

"When we were pulling the dog out, you could see the fire coming through the wall," Sunjata Kieta said.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue were unable to determine the cause of the fire at the home built in 1950.

The fire damaged the living room area of the house. They believe the fire might have started outside the house and burned into the living room. 

Although an exact cause could not be determined, smoking could not be ruled out. The occupant told investigators that is where they smoked outside and it was windy at the time. 

There was also an outside refrigerator on an extension cord. The extension cord was also in the area of origin.

Damages were estimated at $20,000.

Two were displaced as a result of the fire as well as the dog. The American Red Cross is assisting them.