Man charged after fire at apartment building

A 33-year-old man was arrested Sunday on two counts of attempted murder and one count of arson after a fire at a central valley apartment building, the Clark County Fire Department said.

Salvador Hernandez was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on the recommended charges.

Fire officials said the arson caused $400,000 in damage at the Sonoma Shadows apartments, 1750 E. Karen Ave., near Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue. The blaze was at least the third major fire at the complex since July.

One person was injured and another person was rescued from a balcony, county fire officials said Sunday. Twenty-three people were displaced.

Firefighters arrived at the burning building at 6:14 a.m., and had the fire under control in 33 minutes.

The building that caught fire had 16 units and because of damage, electric power had to be cut off, temporarily displacing more than 20 people. Five adults and two children were displaced because of fire damage to their apartments.

The condition of the injured occupant was not released.

In September, a fire at Sonoma Shadows caused $650,000 worth of damage and displaced 20 people.

A $1.5 million fire occurred at the complex July 5. Fireworks caused the blaze.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at or 702-383-4638.

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