Vegas Deadly Apartment Fire

Investigators work at the scene of a three-story apartment complex fire early Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 in Las Vegas. The fire was in first-floor unit of the Alpine Motel Apartments and its cause was under investigation, the department said. Authorities say multiple fatalities were reported and many more were injured. (AP Photo/David Becker)

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Two people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter by the Clark County District Attorney's office in the deadly Alpine Motel apartments fire.

In a release sent Thursday, Alpine Motel owner Adolfo Orozco-Garcia and his associated Malinda Mier were each charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter and 15 counts of performance of an act or neglect of duty in disregard of safety resulting in substantial bodily harm or death, charges carrying between one to six years in prison time per count. Arrest warrants have been issued for both parties.

The fire killed six people on Dec. 21, 2019. Mier claimed partial ownership of the property. Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson cited "intentional neglect" and "disregard for the safety of tenants" in the filing.

"If these defendants had responsibly maintained the property, these six victims would be alive today” Wolfson said in a statement. "Their intentional disregard for the proper maintenance of fire alarms, fire exits and the heating system for the units directly contributed to the tragedy we saw on December 21, 2019. They had a responsibility to provide a safe environment for these people, and they failed to do that."

Some of the violations outlined include: inoperable exit and fire escapes, fire alarms and heating systems. Because of these faulty appliances, tenants were forced to use their stoves for central heating, Wolfson said.

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(5) comments


Low life inn ! Seedy cockroach infested place ! Treatment to owners is literally to much ! Probably non occupied property,& I’ll informed ,they stick with the locked door & probably was a lot of trashy people sneaking in the building!

Voz de Razon


Is that too early to be classified a COVID-19 death for the numbers?


The numbers of COVID-19 deaths are far below the total number of deaths. 3 times as many people have died from heart disease alone in Nevada than COVID-19. If they were faking the numbers they would make COVID-19 the number 1 cause of death, not the number 5 after hear disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, and accidents.

Voz de Razon


That is a Florida article, I was providing local numbers since Fox5 is a local news outlet, most of their national news comes from the AP or CNN. Also it was one case that was quickly reported, the media is filled with muckrakers who would jump at any more cases like this.

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