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Suspect in custody in morning apartment fire

Posted at 11:28 AM, Apr 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-18 00:45:47-04

UPDATE: A Sunday morning fire left two valley families homeless. Police say the fire was set intentionally.

Luis Hernandez lives at the apartment complex. He has never been homeless before. But now, he's feeling at a loss. he's trying to figure out where he and his family should go after the fire left their place a mess.
"My house, everything, was gone," said Hernandez. "Everything I worked for, it was gone. Just for a person that doesn't know how to control himself."
Hernandez says he and his pregnant wife were watching a movie while their two year old daughter was sound asleep. That's when he saw the suspect.
"We saw from the window, a guy going upstairs and then five minutes later, he came downstairs and after that we heard a bang."
Police say the man intentionally set two units in the apartment on fire.
"I looked out of the window and the building was on fire and I told my wife, let's get out, and the building was on fire."
Hernandez and his neighbors say the man set gasoline on fire which caused the popping sound and the flames.
Police have a suspect in custody. Clark County Fire Arson Investigators now have the case. They will investigate before handing it off to the prosecutor to file charges.

ORIGINAL STORY: A suspect is in custody following an apartment fire early Sunday morning.

Clark County arson investigators are pursuing charges against the suspect in the fire that occurred in the 750 block of East Twain Avenue, near Swenson Street.

The extent of the damage is unknown but at least six people were displaced in the fire, including four adults and two children.