Arson fire devastates local autism center
A local autism center was devastated by a recent arson fire.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An autism center is heavily damaged and an arson suspect is behind bars after a fire on Monday.
Clark County firefighters were called to the autism center on 7055 Windy Street after alarms went off at the facility.
Sprinklers had extinguished the fire by the time units arrived, but investigators found evidence of multiple locations inside the building where fires were started. Investigators believe Molotov cocktail devices were used to start the blaze.
An investigation led to the arrest of Samuel Powers. He faces charges for first-degree arson and burglary.
Meanwhile, leaders of the autism center are left shocked and saddened by the destruction.
"I can't put it into words. It was unimaginable," said owner Andrew Devitt. "It was horrible."
The facility serves special needs children, specifically those with autism, through sports and artistic activities.
"It's horrible that it took one person to create all this chaos," said one of the facility's art teachers.
Damage to the building was estimated at $50,000.
Devitt said leaders of the facility are working together to clean up the facility in hopes of moving forward.