Two west Las Vegas homes burned after man dropped branches into fire pit

LVFR engines respond to a two-alarm fire on Alta Drive near Decatur Boulevard on June 15, 2018 (LVFR / Twitter).

Two homes were engulfed in flames after a man dropped tree trimmings into a fire pit Friday afternoon in west Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews responded to the two-alarm fire at 4505 Alta Drive, near Decatur Boulevard at 2:18 p.m. According to public information officer Tim Szymanski, a man was trimming a tree when the branches fell into a fire pit causing the flames to spread to a shed then the man's home.

The flames continued to spread to the neighboring home and a power pole which led to a power outage in the area, Szymanski said.

No injuries were reported, although a pet cat died. Damages to the homes are estimated at $150,000.

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