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Couple barely make it out of burning house in time
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A fire overnight seriously damaged a home in the Lakes area of the city and a couple was lucky to escape, barely making it out of the home in time.

According to the Clark County Fire Department, the fire started just after 1:30 a.m. Friday at a home near Desert Inn and Ft. Apache roads.

The man told firefighters that he had woken up because he felt like someone was choking him. When he awoke, he realized the bedroom was filling with thick black smoke, which was making choke. He woke up his wife and they ran from the home.

The man went back into the house to try to get a cat but he couldn’t see because of the smoke.

When firefighters arrived, very heavy flames were coming out of the three-car garage and two-story wood frame house. The fire was extremely intense, but crews had it under control in less than ten minutes.

The cause of the fire was not determined, but it did destroy two cars and heavily damage the house.

The couple told firefighters that they did not hear the fire alarms going off and did not hear the alarms when then left the house. It appears the alarms were not working. If they had been working, the couple could have made it out much faster.

Firefighters remind people to check their fire alarms once a month. With the time change on Sunday, fire department authorities are encouraging people to replace the batteries in their fire alarms.

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