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Updated: 10/03/2013 1:37 pm
LAS VEGAS — Clark County Fire Department investigators have made an arrest in connection with a series of arson fires that occurred near Maryland Parkway and Flamingo on Wednesday.

Fire investigators say Paul Joyner, 28, set several Dumpster fires and one vehicle fire during the alleged spree.

The first call investigators responded to occurred at 5:24 a.m. and involved a Dumpster behind an apartment complex at 1555 E. Rochelle. Several more fires were reported over the course of two hours at various locations in the same area.

More fires were reported in the afternoon, including a small blaze at 4:24 p.m. behind the Dollar Store at 4055 S. Maryland Pkwy., and a car fire at 4:26 p.m. at a nearby business park where an Audi convertible, model year 2012, was set on fire. The damage estimate on the car is approximately $20,000.

Fire investigators arrested Joyner at approximately 5:25 p.m. near a strip mall on Maryland Parkway while responding to a Dumpster fire at the business location.

“Our investigators did an outstanding job identifying and arresting this suspect and removing him from the streets of our community,” Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington said. “Some of these fires were very close to buildings and could have spread rapidly if our firefighters hadn’t responded quickly to the scenes.”

Investigators identified Joyner as a suspect early on in the investigation based on witness interviews and his criminal past. Joyner, who has a history of vagrancy, was arrested in April for setting similar fires in the same area.

Investigators recognized the pattern of fires and followed up with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, determining that Joyner had been released from the Detention Center in September after serving a six-month sentence for his arrest on arson charges this spring.

Joyner faces 10 counts of third-degree arson and one count of attempted arson for Wednesday’s fires. Additional charges are pending.

— From news release
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