Neighbors react to fire that left woman, dog dead in west valley

Renee Santos, Twitter

The coroner’s office released the identity of a woman killed in a fatal house fire that happened Wednesday afternoon on Sienna Ridge near Fort Apache.

The woman has been identified as 51-year-old Noel Cohen. Fire investigators say a dog was also found dead inside the home.

“They broke the windows first and smoke was blowing out,” said Brian Stockman, a neighbor as he described the scene

A boarded-up window and burnt chair now serve as reminders of the deadly fire that took the life of his neighbor.

“Losing a neighbor you know is horrible,” Stockman said.

Fire investigators believe a chair and mattress caught fire in a back room.

They believe the cause of the fire could be related to smoking which fire officials say continues to be a big problem in the valley.

“Smoking is the leading cause of fatal fires in the City of Las Vegas and has always been historically,” said Timothy Szymanski, Public Education and Information Officer with Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

Stockman is thankful for another neighbor’s quick thinking.

He knew something wasn’t right when someone began knocking on his door.

“Had that guy, our neighbor not seen the smoke it could’ve been us. We could’ve been on fire so scary,” Stockman said.

Officials say smoke alarms were active inside the house and working at the time of the fire.

Stockman says he’s still trying to process exactly what happened.

“It’s surreal I don’t, it shows you how temporary life is and it can go like that,” Stockman said.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said Wednesday’s fire was the fourth fatal fire in the City of Las Vegas this year.

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