Las Vegas, NV (November 15, 2021) – Authorities in Las Vegas said that a woman and three dogs died in a valley trailer park fire on Wednesday evening, November 10.
Homicide detectives and fire crews responded to the site of the blaze, 6223 East Sahara Avenue, near Tree Line Drive around 4:2o p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered a double-wide mobile home engulfed in flames throughout the interior. Crews attacked the fire with handlines while performing search and ventilation operations, according to Clark County fire officials.
A woman and three dogs were found deceased inside. The woman was later identified by officials as 35-year-old Melynda Bown, also known as Melynda Williams.
Williams’ brother and another friend were also inside the mobile home when it caught fire. The pair lived at the home with Williams, and both reportedly were asleep when the fire broke out. They say they awoke to the sound of a vehicle starting and leaving the scene.
At the same time, they reported the sound of an explosion in Williams’ bedroom. Shortly thereafter, the two were able to escape through a window. It’s unclear if they sustained injuries in the fire.
Williams’ family members say it was her boyfriend who drove away right before the explosion. Police also reportedly have a suspect for the cause of the fire but have not released a name yet.
LVMPD homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said they are searching for a male suspect. Spencer noted that police previously responded to the trailer for a domestic disturbance around 7:00 a.m. that day. The responding officers believed they settled the dispute before leaving.
The coroner has still not determined Williams’ cause of death, and the cause of the blaze was not immediately known. The investigation is ongoing at this time.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Melynda Williams. Our thoughts go out to those affected by the fire. We hope for their full recovery.
Residential Fire Fatalities in Nevada
In 2020 alone, nearly 20 home fire fatalities were reported by authorities in the Silver State. Compared to the national average of almost 3 deaths and 10 injuries in 2019 per 1,000 fires, this number is grim.
And though deaths and injuries from these fires, as well as other burn injuries, remain rare, they are nonetheless devastating to all involved. Of these deaths, almost 70% occurred as a result of residential fires in Nevada, leaving homeowners vulnerable.
In fact, those who sustain injuries in fires often cope with financial difficulties, long-term physical issues, and emotional trauma.
Moreover, when victims die as a result of these fires, their loved ones may be left in an unbelievably tough position. Families must often endure exorbitant medical and funerary expenses on top of grieving the sudden loss of their loved one.
Thankfully, if you’ve sustained injuries or had a loved one die in a fire, you may have legal options as you move forward. If you’ve been affected by one of these unfortunate accidents, please contact a Las Vegas burn injury attorney at your earliest convenience.
Wrongful Death Attorney in Las Vegas
With the assistance of a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer from Eric Roy Law Firm, you have viable legal recourse in the aftermath of a fire. At Eric Roy Law Firm, you can speak with one of our Las Vegas wrongful death lawyers at your earliest convenience.
Our mission is to understand your objectives and to exceed your expectations, so you can rest assured that we will deliver superior legal services in a timely and efficient manner.
In addition to scheduling a personalized session and lunch with you and yours, we will tailor our advice to match your specific needs. As a result, you can feel confident that we will help you move forward as smoothly and as stress-free as possible.
Our dedicated legal team has spent years fighting for both victims and their families. Please contact us at 702-423-3333 so that we can schedule your free consultation as soon as possible.
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