Investigators seek information on three Sunday fires |

Investigators seek information on three Sunday fires

Staff Reports
A fence and a power pole show signs where they were burned early Sunday morning.
Brad Coman |

Douglas County authorities are looking for information on three suspicious fires that were set in the Gardnerville Ranchos early Sunday morning.

At 1:39 a.m., sheriff’s deputies and the East Fork firefighters responded to a vegetation fire in the vacant lot behind 1309 Langley Ave. The fire ignited a NVEnergy power pole that threatened electricity to the 16-unit apartment building at that address, as well as a fence.

Firefighters suppressed the blaze, and an NV Energy crew responded to keep power on at the apartments, according to East Fork Fire Capt. Terry Taylor. While personnel were at the Langley address, a second fire was reported behind a Frontier telephone exchange located a quarter-mile south on Tillman Avenue from the apartments.

As firefighters responded to the scene, another fire was reported in a vacant field 25 yards further south along Tillman Avenue. All three fires were quickly extinguished.

Damage to the apartment house electrical system, about 50-feet of fence and exterior wall is estimated to be about $2,500.

Damage to the NV Energy pole and equipment is unknown at this time.

The investigation continues.

Neighbors reported seeing young males in the vicinity, prior to discovering the fires.

Anyone has any information call Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Investigations at 782- 9905 or Douglas County Dispatch at 782-5126.

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