Overloaded Holiday Lights Blamed in Las Vegas Fire

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A malfunction in an electrical socket overloaded by holiday light extension cords is blamed for sparking a fire that damaged a Las Vegas home and left a firefighter slightly injured.

Las Vegas fire spokesman Tim Szymanski says a grandmother and two girls, ages 3 and 6, escaped injury in the fire a little before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at a home near Rainbow Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

Szymanski says the firefighter fell through a hole in the roof of the house, but wasn't seriously hurt.

The garage was gutted and an upstairs attic was badly damaged. Investigators estimated damage at $100,000.

Szymanski says a resident told investigators that a circuit breaker switched off several times, but she reset it.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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