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September 18, 2014

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Fire officials suspect blaze at counseling center was arson

Community Counseling Center

A fire that caused $100,000 damage to a center that provides substance abuse and mental health treatment appears to have been intentionally set, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue officials said.

The fire was reported about 7:20 a.m. today at the Community Counseling Center in the 1100 block of Almond Tree Lane, near Maryland Parkway and Sahara Avenue.

Fire investigators found evidence that the fire was intentionally set, and the incident remains under investigation, officials said.

Three offices in the counseling center sustained extensive damage, including damage to the roof and attic. There was a smoke odor throughout the rest of the center, fire officials said.

The Milton Erickson Institute, also housed there, was not damaged, but had a smoke odor after the fire, officials said.

A Metro officer on patrol in area saw smoke coming from the counseling center and reported it. Firefighters found the building locked up and had to force their way in to put out the fire, officials said.

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  1. Why, why, why, why, why?????????????

  2. CCC is a great community resource. It deserves our support in rebuilding.

  3. I don't understand why neighboring non profits, commercial, and religious organizations continue to allow chronic squatters to inhabit their property. While these entities surely do good work, randomly feeding of bums, and providing them with easy places to stay with no rules simply lowers the quality of life for responsible area residents. These bums are the same people that lumber through the neighborhoods, breaking into homes, fighting, drinking/drugging, dealing, panhandling on the streets,parks, sidewalks and retail outlets of the area. The closure of nearby Huntridge Circle Park is a direct result months of violence that simmered into a violent murder... a direct result of daily feeding of vagrants that attracted scores of chronic homeless to the park. The Episcopal Church, just feet away from the Community Counseling Center, who still feed chronic homeless, had to put bars on their windows because of the rash of break ins they experienced- a thank you from the very people they intend to serve. I really hope the Community Counseling Center has learned their lesson, will be better stewards of the property they occupy, and can continue to provide the valuable and much needed services in which they offer. People need to understand the difference between a helping hand up and a hand out.