Red Cross Helping Family After House Fire | News
LAS VEGAS -- Flames and smoke from a house fire could be seen all across the Las Vegas Valley this morning. Everyone got out of the home safely, but the two dogs that provided an early warning about the fire died in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, but firefighters think it could be electrical. The fire started in a trailer that is now completely destroyed. It quickly spread from the trailer to the backyard, and then flames shot up the side of the home, gutting an upstairs room.
Smoke covered the yard, packed with items the family had boxed up for a garage sale.
The homeowner, John Headly, Sr., woke up to his six barking dogs. They were in the trailer where John's son and his son's girlfriend were fighting to escape.
Firefighters say they're lucky to be alive after kicking out an emergency exit, but two dogs never escaped and John blames himself for it.
"I went over here to get the rest of them awake in the big house and by the time I got back, the fire had come in the back end of my trailer and they died of smoke inhalation because they couldn't get out. I wasn't fast enough," he said.
John is retired from the Teamsters after 23 years. In all, nine people lived at the home, and two are cancer patients the family rented a room to. Four of John's family members, including his wife, are disabled.
The upstairs room and attic is destroyed and there is a lot of smoke and water damage, but firefighters say many items inside the home can be salvaged.
The Red Cross is housing the family right now and meeting their immediate needs.