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August 22, 2014

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Firefighters battle second blaze when wind reignites embers at home

Firefighters thought their hard work battling a house fire was almost done — until the wind decided to flare up the blaze again this afternoon.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews sounded a second alarm about 1 p.m. when 20- to 30-mph wind reignited embers in the home's attic. The garage of the home, located at 5228 Shady Grove Lane, caught fire shortly before 9:30 a.m.

Three adults and one dog escaped unharmed, fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said. The home is in a residential area near Jones Boulevard and Ann Road.

The fire proved difficult to control because many personal belongings were in the garage, he said. The fire spread to the attic, but firefighters had put it mostly out by noon.

Then the wind picked up. By the time extra crews arrived, however, firefighters had the reignited fire under control, Szymanski said.

Fire crews will remain on scene tonight and tomorrow because of more high winds entering the region, Szymanski said. It's unclear what caused the blaze.

Fire officials have deemed the house a total loss, with a damage estimate of $125,000.

One firefighter suffered a knee injury and was taken to the hospital, Szymanski said.

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