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April 20, 2014

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Two elderly women suffer smoke inhalation after yard, home set on fire

Fire drives elderly women out of house

Two Molotov cocktails were hurled into a home in the northwest Las Vegas Valley this morning, sparking a fire that injured two elderly women inside.

The women called police at about 4:40 a.m. to report they could see the silhouette of someone pouring gasoline outside their home in the 5800 block of Carmen Boulevard, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue officials said.

When Metro Police officers arrived, the home’s front yard and a bedroom had been set on fire. One officer used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire on the front lawn. Another used a pry bar to force open the front door when the women didn't respond quickly to knocks and get them to safety.

Firefighters arrived moments later and put out the flames inside the home.

The women were treated in a neighbor’s home for minor smoke inhalation; they refused to be taken to a hospital. The fire caused an estimated $25,000 in damage.

The suspected arsonist was allegedly targeting a younger woman staying with the elderly women. Officials have not yet found the younger woman, who is said to be in “a long-going domestic dispute” with the suspect.

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