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Woman charged with setting fire outside Las Vegas Fire & Rescue headquarters

Witness also saw her starting fire at Zappos
Posted at 1:22 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 20:23:38-05

44-year-old Barbara Gooden allegedly set fire to a vehicle at Las Vegas Fire & Rescue headquarters and attempted to start another vehicle fire at the Zappos campus next door.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials say Gooden carried around a gasoline can full of gas in Downtown Las Vegas on Tuesday. She tried to set a vehicle on fire at Zappos but was immediately stopped by security guards.

As security guards were contacting law enforcement, Gooden left the scene and came upon a 1972 Ford Bronco parked along the sidewalk in the parking lot next to Fire & Rescue Headquarters.

Gooden poured gas into the vehicle, which did not have a cab, and started the fire, according to several witnesses at the scene. She was taken into custody a short distance away by arson investigators.

The vehicle was destroyed by the fire. It is valued at $20,000. Investigators say the owner did not know Gooden.

No one was injured during the incident. Gooden is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. where she faces two counts of arson.