Published Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 | 5:18 a.m.
Updated Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 | 7:45 a.m.
Two people were found dead and two others suffered burns and smoke inhalation in a house fire late Thursday in northwest Las Vegas. Injuries to one of the survivors were life threatening, officials said.
The fire was reported at 11:53 p.m. at a house at 9209 Empire Rock St., in the area of Iron Mountain Road and U.S. 95, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
The pair who escaped the fire told neighbors that two elderly people were still inside the burning home, Szymanski said. Firefighters quickly found one person dead, but the large amount of debris from the fire delayed discovery of the second victim until after 4 a.m. today.
Neighbors indicated the people who escaped the fire, also described as elderly, lived at the house, Szymanski said. The other two people at the house were visiting, he said.
When firefighters pulled up to the house, the structure was enveloped by dense smoke. Shortly after, flames broke through the roof and a second fire unit was called.
The bulk of the fire was extinguished within an hour and the fire was under control by 1:30 a.m., Szymanski said. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.