Suspect arrested in duplex fire

A Las Vegas man was arrested after he allegedly set fire to the duplex where he lived and then watched it burn Thursday morning.

The fire caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to one unit of the duplex at 531 N. 15th St., authorities said.

The suspect, Charles Edward King, 46, told Las Vegas Fire Department investigators he started the fire because he was behind on his rent.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 10:27 a.m. and had the fire under control by 10:39 a.m.

King was booked on an arson charge at the Clark County Detention Center.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.