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Woman killed in house fire last week identified

Posted at 12:24 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 12:08:08-05

LATEST UPDATE: The Clark County coroner confirmed the victim was 51-year-old Sara Parapella of Las Vegas. Her cause of death was inhalation of smoke and soot and carbon monoxide intoxication due to the fire.

UPDATE: A valley man is grieving after his girlfriend was killed in a house fire. 

"Sara was my life, I loved Sara," said Bob Levit. "She shouldn't be gone now."

Levit was not home when the flames broke out.

He is now clinging to loved ones for support. 

Friends said the couple had been together for several years.  They were in the process of moving into a new home. 

13 Action News has obtained cell phone video that shows the moments before firefighters arrived on scene. 

The victim, concerned about her dogs and birds, was screaming outside, according to neighbors. People tried to stop her from re-entering the home but they were not successful.

Neighbors said Sara did not realize that Good Samaritans' had already rescued her dogs from the back yard. 

"We loved our animals," said Levit. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 


A woman was found dead inside a home after a fire in the southeast part of the valley Wednesday.

The fire was reported around in the 4900 block of Lana Drive, near Harmon Avenue and Nellis Boulevard. When Clark County firefighters arrived, they had heard that an occupant was trapped inside.

Crews then went inside and found a woman deceased inside the home.

Four engines, 1 truck, 1 rescue, an air resource and two battalion chiefs responded to the fire initially and two more engines were sent out after crews arrived. 

Neighbors say a woman living inside the home of the fire was safe outside, but then ran back into the burning home to try to save her two dogs.  

'I guarantee you, the way the blaze was when she ran back inside, it probably only took 2 puffs and she was unconscious," says one neighbor.  

The fire is under investigation. No other injuries were reported.