Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said a Las Vegas painter is recovering from first- and second-degree burns to the arms and hands following a job-related fire Wednesday.
The fire occurred at the Queensbridge Homeowners Association clubhouse, located on Palace Court near Charleston Boulevard and Hualapai Way, just before 10:30 a.m.
Investigators said workers were painting inside the clubhouse with a commercial paint sprayer. To prevent overspray, they had a thin plastic sheet draped around the work area. Nearby was a natural gas fireplace.
It's believed the pilot light ignited fumes from the spray paint, producing a flash fire.
The fire was doused by an automatic sprinkler system.
Fortunately, the burned painter was wearing a respirator to prevent the inhalation of fumes. That kept him from inhaling superheated air. The worker's injuries are not life-threatening.
Damage is estimated at $5,000.
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