October 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A late night fire in west Las Vegas killed one resident, injured another and left nearly a dozen police officers suffering with minor smoke inhalation.
Fire and Rescue spokesman Timothy Szymanski says police weren't able to immediately reach a woman screaming for help inside a burning house late Wednesday night because the door and all the windows had bars on them and prevented escape.
Several police officers worked to reach her and wound up using a bolt cutter to hack the door in half and pull her to safety. She was hospitalized with smoke inhalation.
Meanwhile, firefighters located a man in a room but the bars also prevented his escape. Szymanski says by the time they reached him, he was dead.
Without specifying an exact number, Szymanski says "nearly a dozen" police officers were treated for minor smoke inhalation.