Las Vegas fire investigators have determined a three-alarm fire at the Encantada apartments last Sunday was the result of arson. A suspect has been charged and is in the Clark County Detention Center (CCDC). The fire caused an estimated $350,000 damage and displaced nearly 100 people.
Stephen J. Tyson, 50, of Las Vegas, was charged early this morning with one county of arson in the first degree and two counts of attempted murder. Tyson was taken into the detention center on unrelated charges Friday. Las Vegas fire investigators have been looking for him for the past several days after it was determined he was a suspect. LVFR investigators were notified late Friday he was at CCDC.
Fire investigators believe Tyson set the fire in the second story apartment when two people were in the back bedroom. After he allegedly set the fire, he left. The people in the bedroom then heard the smoke alarm and when they opened the door from the bedroom, they found the apartment full of fire and smoke and their exit out the front door was blocked. They had to jump from the bedroom window to escape the flames. Both were taken to UMC with minor injuries and slight smoke inhalation. They both were treated and released later that day.
Tyson does not live at the apartment complex.
The fire escalated into a three-alarm fire, which took nearly 90 minutes to control and sent 85 firefighters with 30 pieces of equipment to the scene.
The American Red Cross assisted management of Encantada apartments with providing everyone that was displaced with a place to stay.
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Credit: Las Vegas Fire & Rescue