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Fire bombs damage Las Vegas home

The Las Vegas fire officials looking for a man suspected of starting a house fire early Friday morning near Jones Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

Police responded at 4:40 a.m. to a phone call from two women who said that a prowler was running around the house at 5800 Carmen Ave., according to Las Vegas fire department spokesman Tim Szymanski.

When police arrived at the house, smoke was coming from the front bedroom and there was a fire on the front lawn, according to the fire department.

The fire department determined that the fire was intentionally set using gasoline and two fire bombs, commonly referred to as Molotov cocktails. According to Szymanski, one of the fire bombs was burning in the yard, and another was thrown into the house. Gasoline was also found poured elsewhere on the property.

The man who police believe started the fire is involved in an ongoing domestic dispute with a woman who is temporarily staying in the house, Szymanski said.

When officers found the door to the a bedroom locked, they forced entry, found the room unoccupied and tried to put out the fire with an extinguisher.

When the Las Vegas fire department arrived at the scene, they put the fire out in two minutes, Szymanski said.

Both women were treated at the scene for minor smoke inhalation. Damages to the house were estimated at $25,000. The fire department ruled the incident as arson.

The American Red Cross is assisting the two women.

Contact reporter Kimber Laux at klaux@reviewjournal.com or at (702) 383-0391.

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