Published Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010 | 8:14 a.m.
Updated Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 | 11:02 a.m.
A man living with a woman whose body was found Sunday morning following an apartment fire has been arrested in the woman's death.
Dispatchers received numerous reports shortly after 4 a.m. Sunday of heavy smoke at the Sherman Garden Apartments, 1701 J St., near the intersection with Owens Avenue. Firefighters evacuated the building’s 12 units.
During the evacuation, firefighters found a rear bedroom of one apartment engulfed in flames and the rest of the apartment full of thick smoke. Firefighters extinguished the fire, then searched the apartment and found a woman who wasn't breathing, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski said.
The 26-year-old woman identified by the Clark County Coroner's Office as Anais Plant, of Las Vegas, was taken to University Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. Metro Police were alerted because of the nature of her death.
Police late Sunday said an investigation revealed the couple had been in a loud argument before the fire and a man who lived at the apartment, identified as 28-year-old Michael Treadwell, was seen removing furniture and other items, then putting them in a vehicle before leaving the area.
Treadwell was arrested Sunday in connection with murder and first-degree arson. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center, where he was being held without bail.
No one else was injured during the incident. The coroner has not determined Plant's cause and manner of death.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Metro Homicide Section at 828-3521, or contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
Fire officials said damage to the building, which was built in 1964, was estimated at $50,000.
Sun reporter Jackie Valley contributed to this report.