Mesquite Fire Units were notified Sunday morning of a vehicle fire that was reported to be “3 miles down the dirt road from the Virgin Valley Water District.” Leaving the Fire Station for the 07:24 a.m. call, Rescue 11 advised the other responding units that there was a large column of smoke rising from the area of Lime Kiln Road and White Rock Road. Engine 11 arrived and reported a large SUV fully involved with fire with a cargo trailer immediately behind it that was also in imminent danger from the fire. Firefighters quickly knocked the fire down and limited the damage to the trailer to some very minor heat damage to the front of the exterior. The contents of the trailer were undamaged.
The vehicle owner was in the vehicle at the time the fire started and was alerted to the danger by a passerby. It is believed the owner was suffering from a medical issue which may have contributed to the ignition of the fire. He was evaluated at the scene and later transported by Mesquite Fire Rescue Paramedics to Mesa View Regional Hospital for evaluation of medical issues. It is not believed that he suffered any injury as a result of the fire.
Due to the significant damage to the vehicle, an exact cause will be difficult to determine, and the investigation is ongoing.