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Cold Creek Gas Leak Explosion: Home Saved by Firewise Efforts

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 15, 2023 12:12 am

Cold Creek, Nevada – A terrifying gas leak explosion at a single-family home in Cold Creek on Thursday afternoon could have been a much worse tragedy if not for the community’s proactive Firewise measures.

Quick Response:

  • Around 5:34 p.m., a gas leak sparked an explosion while repairs were underway at the home on the 100 block of Raven Oaks Drive.
  • Clark County Fire Department, with mutual aid from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, responded swiftly to the scene.
  • Arriving firefighters found the home engulfed in flames, prompting a defensive strategy focused on containing the blaze from the exterior.

Firewise Success:

  • While the home sustained significant damage, Cold Creek’s Firewise Community designation played a crucial role in preventing the fire from spreading.
  • The homeowners had recently cleared 13 trees surrounding the house, creating a crucial firebreak that prevented the flames from reaching the adjacent forest.
  • This timely action, part of the Firewise program’s focus on reducing wildfire risk, ultimately saved the surrounding vegetation and potentially nearby homes.

Investigation and Community Support:

  • The cause of the gas leak and explosion remains under investigation by the authorities.
  • Fortunately, only one occupant sustained burn injuries and was able to self-transport to UMC for medical care.
  • The Cold Creek community, known for its close-knit nature, has rallied around the affected family, offering support and assistance during this difficult time.

Lessons Learned:

  • This incident highlights the importance of Firewise initiatives in mitigating the risks of house fires and wildfires.
  • Taking proactive steps like clearing brush and creating defensible spaces around homes can significantly improve the chances of containing fires and protecting property and lives.
  • The success story of Cold Creek serves as an inspiration for other communities to adopt similar Firewise practices and build resilience against fire threats.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Credits: Fox 5 Vegas

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