Man charged with arson following fire that severely injured woman

By Nikki Bowers | nbowers@8newsnow.com

Published 07/28 2016 01:30PM

Updated 07/28 2016 01:30PM

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Abebaw T. Kassa, 32, has been charged with first-degree arson for setting a fire that severely injured a woman, according to Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.  The fire happened Wednesday morning on Marion Drive.

Authorities said Kassa lived in the group home where he allegedly set the fire.  There were four other people inside the home at the time of the fire.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue said in all, four men and a 60-year-old woman lived in the home.  The 60-year-old woman, whose identity wasn't released, was the caregiver.

During the fire, she sustained second and third-degree burns to 75 percent of her body," firefighters said.  The woman is getting medical treatment at the Lion’s Burn Care Center at University Medical Center.  Her condition is critical.

Kassa was taken to University Medical Center by ambulance to be treated for minor smoke inhalation.  After treatment, he was questioned and arrested.

Details of how the fire started, along with what occurred in the home before firefighters arrived are not being released at this time.  The incident remains under investigation.

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