Fire in vacant downtown Las Vegas building ruled arson

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Fire in vacant downtown Las Vegas building ruled arson

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Sep 7, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Arson Investigators said a fire that started in a vacant downtown building late Saturday morning was intentionally set.

Las Vegas firefighters arrived quickly and were able to keep the fire to a minimum.

There were no injuries in connection with the incident.

Fire dispatchers were notified around 10:30 a.m. that there was a fire at 100 South 14th Street on the corner of Fremont Street.

The building was once the Fremont Assisted Living Center.

When crews arrived, light smoke was coming out one window of a room on the third floor of the three-story building. They had to force entry into the building. They found the fire in one room and quickly put it out.

Investigators determined the fire started in two places in the one room and it was evident the fires were intentionally set.

The building is vacant but does still contain furniture, mattresses and other items commonly found in an assisted living building.

People who live in the area told investigators that people come and go from the building at all times of the day and night. There was evidence that homeless people are staying there.

Fire damage was confined to the one room. The only items that burned were two mattresses.

The rest of the third floor had a smoke odor. Damage was estimated at $5,000.