Homicide investigation continues into fatal fire in east Las Vegas


LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – A person died in a fire in a RV in east Las Vegas on Wednesday night and Las Vegas police are investigating the murder.

UPDATE: A suspect has now been arrested in this case. Read an updated report here.

The fire broke out at 4:19 p.m. in a house near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenues, Clark County firefighters reported. The fire brigade arrived at the scene to find a double-width motorhome that was on fire and had “aggressively attacked” the fire.

“Unfortunately, one person and three dogs were found dead during the search,” said the fire brigade.

The fire investigators were on duty on Wednesday evening to determine the cause of the fire. In addition, murder detectives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department were called to the scene.

The police were still trying to find out what had led to the fatal fire. Patrol officers responded earlier Wednesday with a domestic disorder report, Lt. Ray Spencer of the LVMPD Homicide Squad. Spencer described the problem as a property dispute.

Several people live in the household. Several of the residents were contacted by detectives, but officers were still working to track down a resident who was known to be in the house on Wednesday, Spencer said.

The Clark County coroner identified the deceased as Melynda Williams, 35, who investigators tentatively believe may have been implicated in the previous domestic disorder.

Efforts to put out the fire resulted in a lot of debris and water that would make investigations difficult for detectives, Spencer said.

Anyone with information that may aid the investigation is encouraged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Squad or leave an anonymous lead on Crime Stoppers.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this report identified the deceased as Melynda Brown based on information from the coroner. Family members who reached out to 13 Action News made it clear that the victim preferred to use Williams as the last name.