Vegas Deadly Apartment Fire

Investigators work the scene of a fire at a three-story apartment complex 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) -- Share Village in downtown Las Vegas held a memorial to honor the six people who were killed in a December apartment fire.

Survivors and community members paid their respects and shares stories of heroism on Thursday. It was a day of reflection and gratitude, but also a demand for justice. 

Two big questions still haven't truly been answered: How did this fire happen? And how will the city prevent another tragedy like this from happening again? 

As survivors honored their neighbors, a search warrant released this week shed light on the focus of the criminal investigation.

"He went up the stairs, banging on doors, bringing people out, back into the fire to save lives," a survivor said of Don Bennett. He was a maintenance worker and retired Marine who died in the fire.

It was later discovered the building had a history of code violations, went two years without a fire inspection and, when the fire started, there were missing smoke alarms and inaccessible exits.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman said the city did their job.

"Code enforcement has been out there and made many, many citations ... It was the irresponsibility of the property owner," she told FOX5.

Search warrant records showed that after the fire, detectives raided the property manager's office and live-in unit. They were looking for inspection and maintenance records, documented resident complaints and any documented communication between renters, managers and hotel owners.

Detectives left with a file cabinet of paperwork, a computer, a cell phone and a pot from a stove, among other things.

No criminal charges have been filed. The family of Tracy Cihal filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the apartment's owner, claiming the deaths could have been prevented.

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Jimmy coors

Low life scum living cheap ! And city can’t prevent what they do ,it will happen again!

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