Neighbor breaks into home, saves deaf woman from Las Vegas house fire

Firefighters respond to a blaze that broke out in a central valley home on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (Photo courtesy Las Vegas Fire & Rescue)

A deaf woman is safe after her neighbor broke into her home to alert her to a fire that was burning outside late Tuesday night, according to fire officials.

Firefighters responded just after 11:15 p.m. to the 4500 block of Mark Avenue, near Decatur and Lake Mead boulevards, on a report of a house fire, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said in a statement.

They arrived to find heavy flames and smoke behind a two-story home, with the flames reaching all the way to the roof.

Crews got the fire under control within 15 minutes, with most of the flames outside the house and in the rear of the second-floor, Szymanski said. There was some smoke and water damage to the first floor, but all contents were saved.

A senior couple live in the home, and a deaf woman was inside at the time of the fire, according to Szymanski. She did not know about the fire until a neighbor broke into the house and had her look outside a window.

Both the woman and the neighbor were able to escape without injury. A firefighter suffered a laceration to the hand which needed further medical attention at a hospital.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Szymanski says it appears it started outside and in an area with a high amount of trash.

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