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YA Mailbag: Investigators call restaurant fire an arson

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YA Mailbag: Investigators call restaurant fire an arson

CREATED Aug. 19, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Investigators are blaming arson for a fire that destroyed a family restaurant last year.

The fire burned the Original Pancake House at Charleston and Decatur boulevards on Aug. 17, 2012.
Helen Dunkel, spokeswoman for the San Francisco field office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, confirmed the cause to Action News via email on Monday. The ATF is working with Las Vegas Fire & Rescue on the case. Dunkel said she could not release further details.
Viewers turned to Action News in May wondering what would happen to the burned out structure, which nearby shoppers called an eyesore.
The building was torn down last month but a different restaurant could eventually take shape there. 
Action News tracked down the property owner, Southwestern Holdings, LCC, in California. Manager George Shakiban told us over the phone he hopes to eventually build a new restaurant and retail space on the site, but the details are still in the works. Shakiban did not have a time frame for future plans; he said it is unlikely the pancake house will return. The owner of the local franchise could not be reached on Monday.
A viewer emailed Action News wondering why they have to pay a garbage fee even if they don't use the service. We did some digging. Turns out, it's the law in the city of Las Vegas. The city requires property owners to pay a garbage service fee as long as the building has electrical service, even if the structure is unoccupied, according to the ordinance. The goal: uniform, safe and sanitary removal of garbage.
Traffic changes are now in place in the northwest part of the valley after Action News started asking questions.
Joanie Osheroff was fed up with the no u-turn sign on North Decatur Boulevard at Deer Springs Way. The median blocks left hand turns out of her community leaving her with few ways to access the 215. We asked the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas to look into the matter. Both municipalities own part of the right of way at the intersection. We're told the sign on North Decatur is no longer needed, so it's gone.
"It's nice to see when you do put input in, they do listen," Osheroff said.
The sign was originally installed in 2008 while the area was still developing, said city of Las Vegas spokesman Jace Radke in an email. The road has since expanded giving drivers enough room to swing the turn. 
Two no u-turn signs remain at the intersection for drivers on Deer Springs.