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Investigators Comb Through Commercial Center Fire

LAS VEGAS -- A three-alarm fire destroyed part of one of Las Vegas' oldest shopping centers early Thursday morning. Flames broke out around 4:30 a.m. in a vacant store in Commercial Center, off east Sahara near Maryland Parkway.

Business owners are breathing a sigh of relief, thankful that the fire wasn't worse, but investigators still have no idea how the fire started. Clark County investigators and the ATF are now trying to answer that question.

The flames started shooting out of an old thrift store. It has been closed for awhile now, but it was still filled with old items abandoned from the store. Next door, a small Spanish-speaking church and a bead shop suffered some damage.

This fire moved fast, but all these others business owners are counting their blessings firefighters rushed to the rescue.

Three-Alarm Fire Burns at Commercial Center

LAS VEGAS -- The Clark County Fire Department responded to a fire around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at the Commercial Shopping Center near Sahara Avenue and Maryland Parkway.

More than 70 firefighters responded to this fire. The fire was extinguished around 6 a.m. No injuries were reported, but four unidentified businesses were affected. County officials believe a closed thrift shop sustained the worst damage.

The cause of this fire is under investigation and the estimated damage is over $500,000.

School Offers Hope to Homeless Kids

LAS VEGAS -- The Village of Hope opened at Whitney Elementary School Tuesday morning, offering hope to Las Vegas children who are homeless or disadvantaged.

Whitney, which already has the largest population of homeless students in the Clark County School District, now welcomes the non-profit organization that will serve the needs of kids who need a little extra help. The Village will offer after school programs and additional support on Saturdays.

"They're going to remember this day as long as they live. And the opportunity to escort all of you who have shown this love for this school, they're going to remember this and they're going to hold on to this. And they're going to hold on to what you're teaching them and what you're showing them and their parents," said Governor Brian Sandoval.

Missing Las Vegas Woman Found, Reunited with Family

LAS VEGAS – A woman who went missing Sunday in central Las Vegas was found today and reunited with her family.

Jessica Banks, 70, suffers from dementia and becomes confused easily. She last had been seen in the 5300 block of East Tropicana.

Metro Police officials did not release details of where Banks was found or why she went missing.

Apartment Evacuated While Police Search for Suspect

LAS VEGAS - Metro police evacuated an apartment complex near Boulder Highway and Flamingo Road Thursday morning as they searched for a suspect involved in an earlier shooting.

The shooting happened just before 2 a.m. Police say it started with an argument between several men. Several shots were fired. A woman standing nearby was hit in the back. Her injuries were not life threatening. A male victim came to North Vista Hospital on his own with non-life threatening injuries. Officers say the shooting is gang-related.

Golf Course to Become Flood Zone

Golf Course to Become Flood Zone

Desert Rose Golf Course closed down because of the rain that soaked the Las Vegas Valley this week.

The Las Vegas Wash runs through the center of the golf course, which means when the wash fills up, homes can flood. Starting in November, the area will be designated a flood zone. Homeowners with federally-backed mortgages will be required to get flood insurance.

“As little as a foot of water in your home can cause a lot of damage. All of the baseboards, wall boards are going to be damaged and it is going to cost a lot of money. As that water rises a little more, those costs go up even more,” Kevin Eubanks of the Regional Flood Control District said.

The flood zone designation will impact about 1,400 homes near Desert Rose Golf Course.

Desert Rose Golf Course Closed

LAS VEGAS -- The Desert Rose Golf Course on the east side of the Las Vegas valley is closed due to flooding.

The flooding is on the fairway next to the 18th hole. The course is located off of E. Sahara Avenue east of Nellis Boulevard.

Clark County officials  say they expect the course to re-open on Saturday, Sept. 18.