Suspect arrested in connection to string of dumpster fires near downtown Reno

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Authorities have a man in custody on suspicion of intentionally setting several fires near downtown Reno on Wednesday evening.

According to a statement from the Reno Fire Department, 61-year-old Morris Snead was arrested on an assault and third degree arson charges on August 16 by Reno Police.

Thanks to surveillance technology, fire Investigators later connected Snead to the fire set at 490 Lake Street.

Investigators believe Snead may be connected to at least two of the other fires, while the remainder of the fires are still being investigated.

There were a total of eight dumpster fires were reported along the 4th street corridor near Spokane, Ralston, and Lake streets that night, Wednesday, August 15.

  • 435 Spokane Street
  • 559 E. 4th Street
  • 490 Lake Street
  • 3rd and Ralston
  • 545 N. Arlington
  • 400 E. 4th Street
  • 205 E. 4th Street
  • 535 E. 4th Street

Reno Fire officials say several of these fires were ignited next to occupied buildings. “One of these dumpsters was directly under a balcony of an occupied room," said Fire Marshal Tray Palmer. “If it was not for an alert tenant who managed to push the dumpster away from the building, we would have had a fully engulfed motel."

Firefighters did not locate any evidence of gas or any other fluids used to start the fires.

No one was hurt and no structures were damaged.

Authorities ask that if you see anyone starting a fire to call 9-1-1 immediately.


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