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UPDATE: Neighbors say homeless may have caused Downtown fire

Posted at 5:43 PM, Jun 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-05 14:07:23-04

UPDATE JUNE 5: A two-alarm fire near Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway displaced eight people on June 2 and now fire officials say a homeless person may be to blame.

Sam Tun's home is still without power after the fire tore through some of the rooms.

"I've lost everything. I've been here 35 years it's like an American dream from Thailand. I worked hard all my life but this thing happened [and] taking [took] a lot of things from me."

Sam says he's a handyman but the debris in his yard made it difficult for fire crews to battle the flames.

Investigators are still working to find out what caused the fire but neighbors in the area say homeless people were staying in this alley where the fire started.

"I let them stay but sometimes there's too many and they left many [a lot of] trash too," says Tun.

Tun says he's offering forgiveness and understanding.

"I have to pay the price," he said. "It should not happen. There's so many homeless, we should do something. We should help them too."

ORIGINAL STORY: 1,200 customers in the Las Vegas valley lost power on Saturday due to a 2-alarm fire near Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue says the blaze started around 12:57 p.m. when multiple trees caught fire in the area. It eventually spread to a shed and a backyard full of debris before extending to a nearby home.

Charleston Boulevard shut down in both directions between 15th and Bruce streets as fire crews battled the flames.

A power pole also burned and failed during the fire. NV Energy says the power went out for 1,200 customers to prevent injuries and more fires.

Eight adults and one dog were displaced because of fire and smoke damage to the house.