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Monday, April 09, 2012
For Immediate Release
Fire & Rescue

Contact: Tim Szymanski
Telephone: 303-2993

 

Individual Charged In Connection With Golden Nugget Fire
Charges Include First Degree Arson and Attempted Murder

 

A California man has been charged in connection with the two-alarm fire at the Golden Nugget Hotel on March 15 on the 22nd floor of Rush Tower.  The individual is currently in custody at University Medical Center (UMC) as he continues to recover from injuries sustained during the fire.

Jerod Pressnell, 33 has been charged with one count of First Degree Arson and one count of Attempted Murder by Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Arson Investigators who are heading up the case.  

Pressnell is known to be from California, but recently has apparently been homeless.  He was rescued by firefighters and found just barely alive in the room where the fire originated, which was confined to the 22nd floor of the hotel.  That floor is not currently being used for guests.  

He is being held in a secure area of the hospital while he is being treated for his injuries.  

The fire caused less than $1,000 in damage and was extinguished by an automatic fire sprinkler in the room.  As firefighters entered the smoke filled room, they heard moans from an individual and found Pressnell lying on the floor at a window.  He was rescued by firefighters and taken to the burn unit at UMC with critical and life threatening injuries. 

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