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SQUATTER SPOTTERS: Neighbors say squatters return after fire

Posted at 11:36 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-14 02:48:18-05
Residents in an east Las Vegas neighborhood believe squatters have moved back into a vacant home just hours after a fire was extinguished.
The back wall of the home has a large hole where crews cut through to extinguish the fire.
All the ground floor windows are boarded up, but neighbors near Sahara Avenue and Sloan Lane say they've seen signs that someone is inside.
"I was walking my dog and I went by there and the front door was wide open," Michael Leslie said.
Leslie first contacted 13 Action News Squatter Spotters last week about the home. At that time, he said the problems started about a week earlier, even foreshadowing the weekend fire.
"There is no power in there, there is no water," Leslie said on Wednesday. "Who knows if they're going to burn it."
Our camera caught smoke coming out of the chimney of the home.
Several other neighbors complained about the problem, pointing out many of the students from the nearby elementary school walk right by the home.
"There are kids walking by here. Heaven forbid one walks inside that house," Marcus Knickerbocker said.
Most are just hoping to get everyone out of the home in hopes of avoiding more problems, but say if they moved back in after the fire, they don't know what will force them out for good.