For first responders anywhere in the world, there is no such thing as normal days because as a first responder, every day can be hectic in its own way. Especially a day like Friday the 13th.
We’re not saying we’re superstitious, but May 13 has been a pretty sad and crazy day for the Las Vegas valley. Between fires, accidents, and acts of violence, it’s safe to say Friday has been a trying day for first responders.
It all started around 4 a.m. when flames burned through an apartment complex near Rainbow and Charleston. Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said Shirlena Rutherford intentionally started the fire.
Neighbors say they heard a domestic dispute fright before they saw the flames.
“The next thing we know the neighbor’s coming out screaming, ‘she started the fire’,” said Markeish Wilson, a resident.
The blaze caused a half a million dollars in damage and more than 40 people were displaced. Rutherford was taken into custody and booked on an arson charge.
Around 12:30 p.m., Metro Police responded to a call about an unresponsive 3-year-old child. The toddler was found at a home near Rampart and Buffalo.
Police still haven’t said anything about how the child died, but Metro’s abuse and neglect teams were called to the scene to investigate.
“That’s just really sad,” said Phylitia Jamerson, a neighbor. “It’s just a horrible thing ever to go through or experience the loss of a child.”
A half an hour later, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to a residential fire at a home near Smoke Ranch and Torrey Pines.
Officials said two people were treated for minor injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
“The smoke was so thick you couldn’t even see,” Donna Hoover, resident.
Later that afternoon, just before 1:30 a.m., tragedy struck in a gated community in the western part of the valley when a 13-year-old boy committed suicide at a home near Alta Drive and Desert Foothills. It’s unclear how the teen got a hold of the gun.
“I just like to extend our condolences to the family that lost a child,” said Lt. Dan McGrath, Metro Police.
When Lieutenant McGrath made those comments to the media, he addressed the newspaper and television crews from the scene of a murder near Russell Road and Mountain Vista. That’s where police said a woman in her 50’s was found stabbed to death at around 230 p.m.
Police want to talk to her boyfriend, Michael Garcia about to see what happened. However, he hasn’t been named as a suspect.