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Homicide detectives investigating body found in fire

Updated April 10, 2021 - 1:05 pm

Las Vegas homicide detectives are investigating after a man was found dead inside a burning home Friday afternoon in the west valley.

The Las Vegas Fire Department was called at 2:06 p.m. to Dunphy Court, near Durango and Westcliff drives, after reports of a medical emergency, according to PulsePoint.

In a statement Saturday, the Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded to the 8400 block of Dunphy at about 2:15 p.m. and found a body in the garage.

Metro Lt. Ray Spencer said Friday that firefighters were called after initial reports of cardiac arrest and found a man in his 40s dead inside his home with multiple injuries.

“A preliminary investigation indicated that an individual tried to cover up a crime scene with a fire,” Spencer said.

Spencer told reporters at the scene that he was being “intentionally vague” in divulging what injuries the man had suffered, but said it was “immediately apparent” it was a homicide.

No arrests had been made as of Friday evening. The fire is being considered arson, and the man’s home did suffer internal damage.

The man’s name and his cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office after his family is notified.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro’s homicide section at 702-828-3521 or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.