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Man dies waiting to be rescued from house fire

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Nearly a dozen Las Vegas Metro officers were treated for minor smoke inhalation after a fire near J Street and Washington Avenue on March 12, 2014. (FOX5) Nearly a dozen Las Vegas Metro officers were treated for minor smoke inhalation after a fire near J Street and Washington Avenue on March 12, 2014. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A man who waited to be rescued out of a smoke-filled home died after he disappeared into the residence, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

The man's body was found after firefighters and police officers responded to a blaze at a home in the 1200 block of West Washington Avenue just before 11 p.m. Wednesday.

According to LVFR, Las Vegas Metro police first arrived on scene after a call of a fire on the house, which its windows and doors were blocked by security bars.

A woman was standing in the front doorway unable to get out because of locked security bars. LVFR said police officers worked to cut half of the barrier to get the woman out.

Emergency personnel were then told a man was still inside and that person was quickly located. Firefighters told the man to go to a room where there were no flames where they can try to get him out, officials said.

While firefighters worked to cut security bars around the windows, though, the man disappeared from the crew, according to LVFR. The man's body was later found inside the home when firefighters made entry.

Firefighters noted the crew kept a steady stream of water going into the room to drive back flames during the rescue effort.

"Unfortunately, we thought we had that other man taken care of," said Tim Szymanski of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue. "If he had stayed in the room and followed directions, we would have had a very good chance of getting him out alive."

Officials said the woman rescued from the home was hospitalized for smoke inhalation injuries. Nearly a dozen Metro officers were also treated for minor smoke inhalation.

Investigators said the cause was under investigation. Damage was estimated at $80,000.

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