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Las Vegas Firefighters Investigate Arson at City's LGBT Center

Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada

Las Vegas firefighters are investigating an arson at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue crews arrived at the center about 3 a.m. Thursday to find a palm tree near the near the building’s entrance afire, local TV station KSNV reports. The first firefighters on the scene put the flames out, and there was no damage to the building. The fire department has ruled the blaze a case of arson.

Surveillance video showed a person setting the fire. “He seemed he had ill intent in what he was doing, and it was alarming for us given that it’s Pride Month,” John Waldron, executive director of the center, told KSNV. A banner commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots had been hung Wednesday over the building’s entrance, near the palm tree.

The center had also received a voice mail this week from someone who was angry about the display of LGBTQ Pride flags, Waldron said. It’s unknown if the call was related to the fire.

The center put a post on Facebook advising everyone attending Pride celebrations to exercise caution.

Tags: Crime, Nevada

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