Investigators Look for Information After Arson Arrest

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RENO, NV - Reno Fire Department investigators have arrested a registered arsonist and are seeking the community’s help with information.

On September 17, 2013, the Reno Fire Department responded to a structure fire in the 100 block of Wonder Street. Investigators concluded the fire was intentionally set in the basement of the vacant property. After an investigation, 49-year-old Mike Malucelli was arrested on September 20, 2013 for the crime of second-degree arson.

“We have had a series of arson fires in the area of Wells Avenue since 2009,” advises Reno Fire Department investigator Tray Palmer. “The fires have all been similar in nature and indicators suggest that at least some of the fires were set by the same person. With this recent arrest and investigation, we are reopening up these arson cases and hope that the community can help us by providing any information they might have about the fires.”

Anyone having information relating to these crimes or the suspect is asked to contact Reno Fire Department investigators at 334-2300 or Secret Witness at 322-4900 or, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword – SW.