Man charged with arson, attempted murder in Las Vegas apartment fire

A Las Vegas man faces attempted murder and arson charges in connection with an apartment fire that hurt two and displaced almost 100 residents.

Stephen J. Tyson, 50, was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson Saturday.

Those are tacked on to unrelated charges of burglary and probation violation that landed Tyson in the Clark County Detention Center on Friday, according to Las Vegas Fire Department spokesman Tim Szymanski.

Fire investigators had been looking for Tyson for several days, Szymanski said in a news release. They believe Tyson set the fire just before 7 a.m. on June 16 in a second-story unit at Encantada Apartments, 401 N. 28th St.

Two people were in a back bedroom when the smoke alarm went off. The apartment was full of smoke and fire, and they were blocked from getting to the front door.

The pair jumped from a bedroom window to escape the blaze, Szymanski said. Both were hospitalized at University Medical Center with minor injuries and slight smoke inhalation.

It took 85 firefighters nearly a 1½ hours to extinguish the flames.

Residents were not required by the complex to have renters insurance. The American Red Cross worked with Encantada management to find a place to stay for everyone who was displaced.

Tyson does not live at the apartments, Szymanski said. Bond was set at $20,000 on the arson count. No bond was set on the attempted murder charges.

Contact reporter Adam Kealoha Causey at acausey@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0361.