Intense fire burns two-story home in northeast valley

Firefighters from three fire departments battled an abandoned house fire at 1427 N. Gateway Road, near Pecos and Owens, on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017. (LVF&R photo)

Nobody was injured Christmas Eve when an abandoned two-story, A-frame house burned in the northeast valley.

Firefighters from Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County responded to the vacant house and garage fire at 1427 N. Gateway Road (Pecos/Owens) at 6:51 p.m. Sunday.

When firefighters arrived, they found an older two-story wood frame house fully involved with fire. A one-story small garage was also on fire.

Because the fire was so intense, firefighters had to fight the fire from the outside until the fire was brought under control, which took about 15 minutes. They had most of the fire out within 45 minutes.

The fire caused heavy damage to the house, made mostly of wood. The garage was destroyed by the fire. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, it remains under investigation. Neighbors told fire investigators that the owner of the house died about six months ago and the house has been vacant since. They also told investigators that the house was being used by squatters inside and out.

East Owens Avenue was closed for approximately two hours because of a fire hose stretched across the road. They are no hydrants on Gateway Road (which is a private road) and a long line of large diameter fire hose had to be laid on the street to supply the large amount of water needed.

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