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Arrest made following fire at Sonoma Shadows Apartments

Arrest made following fire at Sonoma Shadows Apartments

By Sharon Phalon-Smith. CREATED Feb 10, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A fire broke out early Sunday morning at the Sonoma Shadows Apartment complex on Karen Avenue just south of Sahara.

Salvador Hernandez was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center and charged with first degree arson and attempted murder, in connection with the fire.

The Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue and North Las Vegas Department all responded to the fire, which happened in a 16 unit apartment building.

A total of 76 personnel were on the scene.

When crews arrived, there was heavy fire in the entryway into one side of the building, blocking the front door for eight apartments.

The resident in one of the upstairs apartments fled to his balcony, and was rescued by firefighters.

Crews had to cut electric power to the building because of damage to primary lines. All of the building's occupants, 20 adults and two children, are temporarily displaced until power can be restored.

Of the 22 people, five adults and two children were displaced because of fire damage to their apartments.

One occupant was injured and transported to Sunrise Hospital for smoke inhalation. No firefighters were hurt.

Damage was estimated at $400,000.

The fire is being investigated by the Clark County Investigations Division.