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Two-Alarm Fire Heavily Damages Summerlin Home

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Fire and Rescue is investigating a two-alarm house fire at 1517 Champion Hills Lane, which is near Rampart Boulevard and Vegas Drive.

According to fire officials, the fire started at approximately 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Several crews responded to the blaze, including 70 fire workers utilizing 30 pieces of equipment.

Fire spokesman Tim Szymanski says because of the large size of the house and attic, extra fire crews responded to fight the blaze.

The fire broke through the roof of the house, prompting a second alarm. Some of the attic contents fell on to the second floor. As a result, areas initially not involved with the fire became engulfed.  

Firefighters used master streams mounted on fire engines and aerial ladders to spray nearly 5,000 gallons of water per minute on the flames.

The fire did not cause any injuries. Investigators say no one was home when the fire started.

Fallen Metro Officer a Member of Elite Team

Metro's Search and Rescue Team during flooding in September 2012.

LAS VEGAS -- Metro's search and rescue team is an elite group of officers. The officers are highly-trained and their work can take them to dangerous places.

On Monday evening, a Metro Police officer died following a rescue at Mount Charleston.

Police identified the officer as 36-year-old David Vanbuskirk. Vanbuskirk, who was part of Metro's Search and Rescue team, was called to the Mary Jane Falls trail shortly before 9 p.m. Monday following reports of a stranded hiker.

8 News NOW viewers first met Vanbuskirk six years ago, and most recently last September.

From a hiker who should have brought more water up to Mount Charleston, or a family involved in a bad all-terrain vehicle wreck at Apex, officers such as Vanbuskirk go on their brave missions, go home, and are back at it the next day, putting their lives on the line to save others.

Flag Tour Sets Off from Las Vegas with a Roar

A parade of thunderous motorcycles made its way through Las Vegas to raise money for injured veterans.

Fifty thunderous Harley-Davidsons and six motorcycle police escorts roared into Red Rock Harley Davidson to honor injured military veterans on Monday.

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

I-Team: UFO Experts Discussing All Things Alien in Las Vegas

Area 51 hangar

LAS VEGAS -- Keep your eyes to the skies this weekend, the UFO people are coming.

The Mutual UFO Network, or MUFON, is holding its international symposium at the J.W. Marriott in Summerlin starting Friday.

A panel of scientists, university professors, and journalists will explore famous UFO cases and issues.

MUFON is generally considered to be the most credible UFO organization in the world. They strive to use the scientific method to investigate the different aspects of the UFO mystery.

No matter how hard they try to be professional in their investigations, they take a lot of grief, in part because of wild flying saucer tales that have little or no proof behind them.

This year's panel of speakers includes seven Ph.D's, including physicists, psychologists, a history professor, consultants to NASA and the euro-space agency.

Dance Festival Moving to Summerlin Library

A mainstay of the dance community in Las Vegas is returning this summer at a new location.

The Dance in the Desert Festival will now be at the Summerlin Library Performing Arts Center.

The festival has long been held at the College of Southern Nevada, but is now being moved to the library. It will start Friday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Performances will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

The show was created to give an artistic outlet for Strip performers and to keep dance students at CSN active during the summer months. This year's list of performers include local dance companies and companies from around the country.

Admission to the festival is free. 

Firefighters Find Pot Grow Operation

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police said a grow house was busted Wednesday after firefighters responded to a fire in the 3100 block of Old Salt Circle, near Fort Apache and Desert Inn roads.

Police officers found 41 marijuana plants in the house, which Metro estimated to hold a street value of $100,000.

"This is, yet again, another example of the dangers of these marijuana operations that are going on inside homes, inside communities just like this one where there's children present," Metro Narcotics Lt. Laz Chavez said. "We're doing everything we can to try to detect these things."

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

Wine and Workout Series Continues at Life Time Athletic Summerlin

A Las Vegas gym is offering an interesting workout for members and non-members alike.

Life Time Athletic Summerlin will be hosting a Vino and Vinyasa event from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Friday. The event starts with an hour-long Vinyasa yoga class on the club's pool deck followed by glasses of sangria and passed appetizers.

The event is part of the health club's Wine and Workout series.

The workout is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Life Time Athletic Activity Center.

Vinyasa yoga is known for its flowing, dance-like movements coordinated with inhaling and exhaling.