Reno authorities probe 3 possible arson fires near downtown
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Arson investigators are asking for the public’s help as they search for possible suspects in a trio of early morning fires that broke out within a few hours of each other on the edge of downtown Reno.
Reno Fire Marshal Tray Palmer says all three fires may be related and at least two were set intentionally. One damaged an occupied home and another destroyed a vehicle.
The first blaze was reported just after 3 a.m. Wednesday near Renown Regional Medical Center in a vacant structure on East 2nd Street that the city recently condemned.
Fire officials say the extent of the damage prevented investigators from immediately determining the exact cause of that one.
Palmer says the second fire reported just before 5 a.m. was intentionally set from the exterior of an occupied structure on Willow Street a few blocks away. He says a smoke detector alerted the person inside, who was able to control the flames until firefighters arrived.
About a half hour later, firefighters extinguished a fully engulfed vehicle on Thoma Street several blocks southwest of the other two blazes.
Anyone with information should call the Reno Fire Department at 775-334-2300 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.