Authorities rule arson in huge apartment complex construction site fire, 10K reward being offered

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Fire Department (CCFD) and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) held a press conference today at 10 a.m. to make statements regarding the fire that destroyed an apartment complex construction site on Jan. 18.

Following a full investigation of the scene located at 5055 South Fort Apache, ATF has ruled the multi-alarm fire an act of arson.

“After examining all of the evidence, ATF and our partners have determined the cause of the Jan. 18 fire to be incendiary, meaning that it was intentionally set and is considered an act of arson,” Special Agent in Charge Patrick Gorman said.


“Arson is a dangerous act of violence which poses a significant threat to the community. ATF
remains committed with our partners to finding and bringing the perpetrator of this crime to justice,” added Gorman.

Federal partners from ATF’s National Response Team (NRT) assisted in the large fire scene processing and hundreds of investigative leads and officials are offering up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting the fire at the Ely at Fort Apache complete construction site.

The national response team will be leaving Thursday, according to Warren, but CCFD and ATF’s San Francisco Divisions’ Las Vegas Field office will continue the investigation to identify who is responsible for the fire to present a prosecutable case to the US attorney’s office.

Deputy Fire Chief Warren Whitney opened the news conference thanking the men and women of the CCFD, Henderson Fire Department, and Las Vegas Fire and Rescue who battled the fire under harsh conditions, along with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department who helped with the evacuation of the site and traffic control.

The fire, which was reported just before midnight on Jan. 18 just before midnight, raced through a 206-unit apartment complex under construction near Fort Apache Road and Tropicana Avenue. No one was injured in the blaze.

More than 100 firefighters from different jurisdictions battled the blaze throughout the night and remained on the scene until Tuesday morning to deal with hot spots.

The fire damaged three buildings, which included 206 apartment homes and the complex’s clubhouse, all in different stages of construction.

The fire resulted in approximately $35 million dollars of loss, according to the ATF statement.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact ATF at 1-888-283-3473, email or visiting the website which is also available by mobile app download.

ATF officials say all tips and phone calls remain confidential.

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