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September 22, 2014

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Fire official says no suspects identified in March 11 arson

Gary Casupang

Gary Casupang

A house fire last week classified as an arson is still under investigation and there are no suspects at this time, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said today.

The home became engulfed in flames March 11, shortly after an alleged domestic dispute involving one of the residents. Three pet dogs and a parrot died in the fire.

Metro Police arrested Gary Casupang, 59, Las Vegas, after the fire at 6920 Brier Creek Lane, near Grand Teton Drive and North Rainbow Boulevard. Prosecutors filed three kidnapping-related charges along with an extortion charge against Casupang.

Despite the charges against him, Casupang is not a suspect at this time and no charges related to the fire have been filed against him, Szymanski said.

A caller who reported the fire told authorities a person tossed something through a window, setting the blaze, Szymanski said.

No people were hurt in the fire, which destroyed a bedroom and left heavy soot damage through the rest of the house. The pets that died apparently succumbed to smoke inhalation.

Casupang remains in the Clark County Detention Center with bail set at $400,000.

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