Man faces arson charge after dumpster fire at Neonopolis

A man faces a first-degree arson charge in connection with a Thursday morning fire at the loading dock at Neonopolis on the Fremont Street Experience.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue investigators said 59-year-old Elliot Dew Sr. set fire to a dumpster at the downtown mall, near Ogden Avenue and Fourth Street, about 3 a.m.

Fire sprinklers kept the blaze near the dumpster before it was put out. There were no injuries reported, investigators said.

Security personnel told fire investigators that surveillance video shows a “street person” they frequently see around Neonopolis. The video shows the same man starting a fire in the dumpster, security personnel said.

Just before 4 a.m. Friday, Fremont Street security guards detained Dew and turned him over to fire investigators who questioned and arrested him. He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

Contact reporter Wesley Juhl at and (702) 383-0381. Follow him on Twitter @WesJuhl.

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