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April 20, 2014

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Mother, four children escape house fire uninjured in northwest valley

A woman and her four children were not aware their home was on fire Tuesday until smoke crept into the living room.

The fire quickly spread throughout the home, destroying the attic and a portion outside the one-story stucco home, displacing the family of six, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

Fire dispatch received a call about 6:50 p.m. that a house in the 4600 block of Spider Court, near Decatur and Lake Mead boulevards, was on fire and children were inside. When firefighters arrived, the heavy smoke was coming out of the vents and eaves of the attic, Szymanski said.

The mother and her children ages 2 to 7 years old escaped after they noticed the smoke and heard people screaming for them to get out, Szymanski said. No one was injured.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in five minutes. The flames caused an estimated $125,000 in damage to the home.

Fire investigators determined that the fire started on a couch against the rear wall of a house, and are working to determine the cause, Szymanski said.

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