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July 30, 2014

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Henderson man dies from injuries in Saturday fire

A Henderson man has died from injuries suffered in a fire Saturday in Las Vegas that injured two other adults and two children, the Clark County Coroner’s Office said.

Leopoldo Rodriguez, 41, was pronounced dead around 6 p.m. Tuesday at the University Medical Center burn center.

The fire started when a deep fryer on an enclosed back porch at at 5225 Reeder Circle was knocked over and an open flame ignited the spilled oil.

The fire spread into the home and attic, killed two dogs and burned two other adults and two children at the home near Hacienda Avenue and Maryland Parkway, Clark County spokesman Dan Kulin said.

Kulin said that more than a dozen friends and family members were at the single-story home when the fire broke out. Witnesses say Rodriguez dashed through the flames to grab two children and take them out of the home.

Clark County Fire Department arrived about 11:10 a.m. and needed 17 minutes to knock down the flames, Kulin said. All of the victims were taken to UMC.

The fire caused $40,000 in damage and displaced the family living in the home, Kulin said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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