Hydrants near blaze deficient

A Henderson home that burned down Tuesday was in an area with deficient fire hydrants, but city officials said the lack of sufficient water pressure did not affect efforts to protect neighboring structures.

The midday blaze destroyed the home at 208 Parawan St., on the city's eastern edge near Race Track and Warm Spring roads.

According to the Henderson Fire Department, residents were working on motorbikes in the basement when a fuel leak sparked the fire.

When the firefighters arrived on scene, heavy fire and smoke were coming from the basement and first floor. The 54 fire personnel from Henderson and Clark County needed about an hour to control the blaze.

All of the occupants escaped unharmed.

In 2007, the city declared the fire hydrants in the area around the home to be deficient after a test by the Utility Services Department showed insufficient water pressure in hydrants.

Utility Services spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said the hydrants are being upgraded as part of work slated for completion on March 31.

A statement from the Henderson Fire Department said firefighting efforts "were hampered by the lack of hydrants in the area," but Richards said there was enough water pressure to protect neighboring structures.

A neighboring house sustained minimal damage.

Richards said the city usually takes about 18 months to fix water pressure problems with fire hydrants.

Contact reporter Henry Brean at hbrean@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0350.