Man charged with arson, attempted murder after apartment fire
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A Las Vegas man has been arrested and charged with arson and attempted murder for the apartment fire near U.S. 95 and Eastern Avenue that displace nearly 100 people on June 16.
Investigators believe that 50-year-old Stephen J. Tyson set fire to a second-floor apartment at the Encantada Apartments while two other people were in the back bedroom.
After he allegedly set the fire, he left. The two people in the bedroom attempted to escape when they heard the smoke alarm but the apartment was full of flames and smoke.
They were forced to jump out of the bedroom window. Both were taken to University Medical Center with minor injuries and smoke inhalation.
The fire escalated into a three-alarm fire, which took 85 firefighters nearly 90 minutes to bring under control.
Nearly 100 people were displaced and damage has been estimated at $350,000.
Tyson did not live at the complex and a motive for setting the fire has not been revealed.
Fire investigators have been looking for him since they determined that he was a suspect. They were notified on Friday that Tyson had been booked into Clark County Detention Center on other charges.