Two children were found dead Tuesday morning in east Las Vegas after a house fire, the Clark County Fire Department said.
At around 10:10 am, firefighters were called to the scene at a house on the 6500 block of Caddington Avenue near Owens Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. The crews found heavy smoke from the house, the fire department said.
The fire was put down around 10:40 a.m.
Crews found a child, approximately 2 months old, and a toddler, approximately 2 years old, dead in the house, said assistant fire chief Warren Whitney. He said a man who was in the house during the fire was also hospitalized for inhaling smoke.
“The gentleman said the two children were still in the house,” said Whitney. “There is severe smoke damage all over the house.”
On Tuesday’s residential street, near a row of yellow police tapes, several people had gathered around noon, visibly disturbed.
Whitney said the cause of the fire was being investigated. It is believed that the fire started in an anteroom and then spread to a bedroom where the children were.
“It will be a while before they look into their investigation to find an area of origin, things that put the pieces together,” said Whitney.
A neighbor, Dan Smith, said he was at his house when he heard sirens wail in the morning. He looked for firefighters and police officers raving about what he called a nice, quiet, residential area.
“There are a lot of kids out there who are always playing down there,” said Smith.
This is a developing story. Check for updates again.
Contact Katelyn Newberg at [email protected] or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.