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UPDATE: Squatters return to house after fire

Posted at 5:38 AM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-01 02:35:38-04
SECOND UPDATE: A valley neighborhood is on edge after squatters set a house on fire and came back for more. People living near Tropicana and Swenson say they've had enough.
"(I heard) yelling and screaming for about two hours and finally there was an explosion and that was it," said next door neighbor Steve Collins.
The explosion led to massive flames, caught on camera by neighbors. Neighbors say a woman and three men are to blame. 13 Action News spoke with the alleged woman squatter. She admitted to living in the home but denied starting the fire. She told 13 Action News, her "roommates" started it.
"They've got squatters all up and down this whole neighborhood. It's like a squatters paradise here," said Wilson.
UPDATE: Squatters returned just hours later to the vacant house that caught fire on Tuesday morning and 13 Action News spoke to one of the people who are living in the house.
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Firefighters received a call around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday about a fire near Tropicana Avenue and Swenson Street.
The home where it started was occupied by vagrants. The flames spread to a nearby house. One man was displaced as a result.

No injuries have been reported. Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the flames.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says it received about 4,450 calls of squatter complaints in 2015.