High winds helped spread a fire to two homes early Wednesday morning near Decatur Boulevard and U.S. Highway 95, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department.
Dispatchers received a call about 1:30 a.m. about a house fire at 416 Princeton St. It soon spread to the house next door at 420 Princeton St. The original one-story house fire started outside and by the time firefighters arrived, the fire was making its way inside both houses.
“The small space between the two houses acted like a wind tunnel, and with brisk northwest winds, it fanned the flames,” Public Information Officer Tim Szymanski said in a press release.
Damages to the first home at 416 Princeton St. were on the outside, but the roof and a rear room were affected. The cost of damages to this home was estimated at $35,000. Five people were displaced.
The second home at 420 Princeton St. had mostly minor damage to the outside of the structure. The fire came in through a bedroom window, slightly damaging the interior. Damages were estimated at $15,000. Two people were displaced.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. No injuries were reported. The American Red Cross is assisting the occupants of both houses.
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