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Vegas house fire appears to be result of squatter at property

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Posted at 11:01 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 02:01:29-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas and Clark County firefighters say a house fire appears to be intentionally set Wednesday morning in the Las Vegas valley.

Crews responded to the fire at a home located in the 2300 block of Canosa Avenue at about 7:30 a.m.

On arrival, light smoke was showing from the one-story home, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

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Firefighters entered the house and found the flames in a closet of a bedroom before they were able to extinguish the fire quickly.

The blaze was confined to the closet, according to fire officials, with the damage estimated at less than $500.

The house was vacant and recently purchased. The new owner met with fire investigators and advised them of the plan to move in.

However, while checking the house a couple of days before, the new owner found a squatter inside the house. Officials said the owner asked that person to leave and never return to the home.

Wednesday, the blaze appeared to be intentionally set, according to officials, and investigators are looking for the homeless person.

There were no injuries reported in the fire.