A House fire in Moapa Valley was seen for miles by residents. Bunkerville Squad 71 of CCFD assisted. (Photo: Jennifer Thackrah, Facebook)
UPDATE: April 25, 11:01 pm PST- MVFD firefighters along with resident officers of LVMPD located the body of the homeowner during late afternoon on Monday, April 25th.
The search continued Monday morning and after going through a mass of burned items, the body was discovered. The identity of the victim will be released after the Clark County Coroner’s Office contacts family of the deceased.
Moapa Valley, NV –
The Moapa Valley Fire District reported about 7:49 pm a fire was being battled by the Moapa Valley Fire Department, along with Station 72, 73, 74, Engine 23, E16, Squad 71 from CCFD (Bunkerville), and NLV Fire Dept were all called in to assist. Engine 57 responded originally to a fully engulfed double-wide trailer at the corner of Ron and Ash right in the middle of Moapa Valley nearby the high school. Local residents reported being able to see the blaze for miles around on the night of April 23, 2022, until the early morning of April 24, 2022.
“We were able to finally get the blaze out about 2:00 am,” said Moapa Valley Fire District Chief Stephen Neel. “The resident had a lot of stuff inside so there was a lot to burn.”
The resident and owner is a single, middle-aged man. The resident has not been located. The only other life around was chickens, which all survived and were taken care of and presently doing well and being watched over.
“I can not confirm or deny the homeowner was inside the structure at the time of the incident,” said Chief Neel. “It is under investigation as well as the source of the fire.”
Chief Neel relayed they are searching through the charred remains and rubble of the home to try and find the cause of the fire, and hopefully not find the remains of the owner. The home was a complete loss.
“We will bring in the cadaver dogs if we don’t locate the homeowner soon,” said Chief Neel. “Everyone is just praying that no one was home.”
MVFD Chief Neel is grateful for the assistance from all other agencies, including CCFD Squad 71 out of Bunkerville, Nevada.
This is an open investigation and more information about the situation will be released as more information is released from the MVFD. Due to it being an open investigation, the identity of the homeowner has not been released at the moment.
Video courtesy of the Moapa Valley Fire District.