ST. GEORGE — Three residents and a police officer were treated for smoke inhalation after a kitchen in a Mesquite, Nevada, home became engulfed in flames Saturday afternoon.
Mesquite Fire Rescue was dispatched to the structure fire on Bannock Way after residents arrived home to find their house full of smoke, Fire Chief Kash Christopher said in a statement Monday.
Upon arrival, fire crews found smoke coming from the attic and rear of the single-family home, Christopher said. Firefighters were able to locate a fire burning in the kitchen of the home and were able to quickly knock the flames down.
High heat in the attic – evident with thermal imaging – was also quickly cooled by firefighters to prevent the fire from spreading.
“Three residents of the home were evaluated for smoke inhalation after they repeatedly entered the home to attempt to put the fire out and evacuate animals,” Christopher said.
An officer with the Mesquite Police Department was also checked out for smoke inhalation as he was attempting to get the residents out of the house, Christopher said, adding that all of those evaluated refused transport to the hospital.
“Mesquite Fire Rescue would like to remind everyone to immediately evacuate a structure if it is on fire and to stay out,” Christopher said. “Smoke and heat can kill or cause debilitating injury with even very minimal exposures.”
While fire officials believe the fire to be accidental in nature, Christopher said the incident is still under investigation.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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