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Woman charged with arson after northwest Las Vegas condo fire

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A Las Vegas woman is being held in the Clark County Detention Center after being charged with one count of Arson First Degree for allegedly setting her northwest Las Vegas condo on fire just after midnight, Friday morning.

No one was injured during the incident.

At least eight people are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

Fire dispatchers received a call at 12:36 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, that smoke was coming from a condo unit in the 3500 block of Winterhaven Street near Cheyenne Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard.

When crews arrived at the scene, smoke was showing from a two-story condominium building with four condo units.

As firefighters approached the ground level condo unit, they encountered a woman trying to put the fire out with a garden hose. They took the woman from the condo unit and asked the paramedics to check her out for possible smoke inhalation. When the paramedics went to treat her, she was not found anywhere at the incident.

The fire was quickly put out. The living room sustained most of the damage, the rest of the condo unit had smoke damage. The other three condos in the building had minor smoke damage. Damage was estimated at $70,000.

A short time later, Las Vegas Metro Police brought the woman back to the scene, she was found walking away from the scene covered with smoke and soot. She was checked out by paramedics and released on scene.

After arson investigators talked to the woman to find out what happened, she was arrested and taken to the Detention Center and charged with arson.

Chanell Nicholas, 30, lives in the condo unit. She told fire investigators she set the sofa on fire. It appears it was the result of an ongoing domestic dispute.

There were no reported injuries during the incident.

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