It’s been a year since the dilapidated Alpine Motel Apartments caught fire. New records detail what went wrong and what could have kept six people from dying.
An investigator working for the Alpine Motel Apartments owner’s defense team was found in contempt of court Tuesday after refusing to testify during a preliminary hearing.
The Alpine Motel Apartments owner, Adolfo Orozco, and manager, Malinda Mier, face one count of manslaughter for each of the victims along with other charges.
An Alpine Motel Apartments property manager and his live-in girlfriend narrowly escaped a fire that killed six people, she testified Tuesday.
A nearby property owner said he’s watched homeless people come and go from the Alpine since the Dec. 21 fire that killed six and injured 13.
The listing follows the sale of more than $5 million worth of other properties. Adolfo Orozco faces involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the downtown fire.
The alarm’s monitoring company could not reach the Alpine Motel’s emergency contact but notified the Las Vegas Fire Department, which did not respond to the property.
City council members unanimously adopted reforms calling for stricter enforcement against neglected apartments and extended-stay hotels after the deadly Alpine fire.
After the Alpine Motel Apartments fire, the city will vote for proactive reforms for stricter enforcement of older buildings with code violations to avoid loss of life from fires.
“There was no warning,” Tiacherelle Dotson said. “There was nothing. There was no time to do anything. No fire alarms, no smoke detectors. I barely had time to get out.”
The owner of the Alpine Motel has put the property up for sale and sold more than half of his Nevada real estate this summer worth more than $5 million, records show.
At the conclusion of the preliminary hearing, a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for the manslaughter case to go to trial.
A preliminary hearing began Tuesday afternoon in the involuntary manslaughter case against the landlord and property manager of the Alpine Motel Apartments.