Fire damages Paradise Spa; arson investigators called in
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County Fire Department received a call at about 1 a.m. Friday morning, March 2, that there was a fire at the Paradise Spa condo complex on Las Vegas Boulevard South near Silverado Ranch.
Upon arrival, the fire department discovered two units on fire. The fire had also spread to a few nearby trees.
Everyone in Building 24 of the complex had to be evacuated.
Multiple units from Clark County and one unit from Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to the fire due to the severity.
According to initial reports, one man received second degree burns to his chest and was treated at the scene.
Also, a woman went back into her unit to rescue her cats.
Fortunately, she made it back out safely but one of the cats died and another cat was resuscitated by a firefighter using a "pet mask" specifically designed to assit pets with smoke inhalation. The cat appeared to be responding normally after treatment.
The fire also damaged many other units in the building. The fire department is in the process of trying to determine if residents will be allowed back into those units.
The American Red Cross was called to assist displaced families. There were 16 adults and several children reported to be living in Building 24. At least two adults will be displaced because of the fire.
Action News has been investigating Paradise Spa and the former HOA treasurer Massoud Aaron Yashoauufar for almost two years.
It began with a fire in September of 2009 and another one in January of 2010.
Afterwards, the State Attorney General accused Yashoauufar of pocketing more than $800,000 dollars in insurance money that was meant to repair two buildings that were damaged.
He is also accused of embezzling another $200,000 from the homeowner's association bank account.
He was indicted in December of three counts of theft of property by false pretenses and three counts of embezzlement.
The case is currently working its way through the court system.
Residents on the scene are saying that the fire is suspicious but there the fire department is only just now beginning to investigate.
Action News will update this story as new information becomes available.