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Arsonist lights Wendy's on fire in North Las Vegas

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A boarded-up Wendy's restaurant in North Las Vegas burned on Sept. 20, 2016. (Source: FOX5) A boarded-up Wendy's restaurant in North Las Vegas burned on Sept. 20, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
Charred materials following a fire at an abandoned Wendy's restaurant in North Las Vegas on Sept. 20, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Charred materials following a fire at an abandoned Wendy's restaurant in North Las Vegas on Sept. 20, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
Witnesses say homeless people sleep in the parking lot of  an abandoned Wendy's restaurant that burned on Sept. 20, 2016. (Source: FOX5) Witnesses say homeless people sleep in the parking lot of an abandoned Wendy's restaurant that burned on Sept. 20, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV (FOX5) -

Investigators are looking for an arsonist who lit an old Wendy's on fire in North Las Vegas, near Lake Mead Boulevard and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The restaurant had been boarded up and out of business. Nobody is supposed to be on the property, as the parking lot was gated off, but still somehow the business caught fire at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Firefighters knocked down the flames in about an hour. They quickly determined that the fire was lit intentionally.

FOX5 found plenty of beer bottles, rotten food, and clothes left behind by homeless people trying to live in the parking lot. We also found a bottle of urine and a sheath to a machete. It appears the squatters were staying on both ends of the Wendy's office buildings, very close to where the fire started.

A maintenance worker, who declined to give his name, said he told the squatters to leave approximately 30 minutes before the building ignited. He doesn't think it was a coincidence and now regrets having not called the police to deal with the problem.

The estimated cost of damage is $100,000. Any witnesses are asked to please call the North Las Vegas Fire Department or North Las Vegas Police Department.

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