Updated March 30, 2021 - 10:34 pm
Two children were found dead following a house fire Tuesday morning in east Las Vegas, the Clark County Fire Department said.
About 10:10 a.m., firefighters were called to a home on the 6500 block of Caddington Avenue, near Owens Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. Crews arrived to heavy smoke coming from the house, the fire department said.
The fire was knocked down at about 10:40 a.m.
Inside the home, crews found the infant, about 2 months old, and a toddler, about 2 years old, both dead, Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney said. He said a man inside the home at the time of the fire was also hospitalized due to smoke inhalation.
“The gentleman stated the two kids were still in the house,” Whitney said.
On the residential street Tuesday, near a line of yellow police tape, several people had gathered by about noon, visibly distraught.
Whitney said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. It is believed that the fire started in a front room, then spread to a bedroom where the children were located.
“It’s going to be a while as they dig stuff out in their investigation to find an area of origin, that kind of stuff — putting the pieces together,” Whitney said.
A neighbor, Dan Smith, said he was in his home when he heard sirens blaring mid-morning. He looked out to see firefighters and police swarming what he described as a nice, quiet neighborhood.
“There are a lot of kids out there always down there playing,” Smith said.