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Vehicle fire that killed 2 children deemed accidental

The vehicle fire in an east valley apartment complex that killed two children Saturday evening was deemed accidental and no charges were going to be filed, Las Vegas police said Sunday.

Four kids were in or around the vehicle and were being supervised when one of them started the fire, police said. Two of them were able to escape unharmed and call for help. It wasn’t immediately clear which one of them set the blaze.

Police and firefighters arrived to find a vehicle, described by neighbors as an older-model mini van, engulfed in flames just before 6 p.m. in the Arcadia Palms apartments, 3655 E. Sahara Ave., near Boulder Highway, Metro Lt. Ray Steiber said Saturday.

Investigators initially suspected foul-play so homicide detectives, along with arson investigators, took charge of the case, Steiber said. The foul play theory has since been discarded.

The Clark County coroner’s office on Sunday afternoon had not identified the children, who police only said were related. Their age and gender were not immediately known.

The vehicle wasn’t running at the time of the fire, Steiber said, adding that many people in the complex tried unsuccessfully to put out the blaze.

Contact Ricardo Torres at rtorres@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @rickytwrites.

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