Arson Suspected in Michael's Powersports Fire

Arson is now believed to be the cause of a fire at Michael's Reno Powersports that distracted drivers along highway 395 Thursday night. Now investigators hope that a commuter may have seen something that will help them solve the case.

For now investigators are not releasing many details concerning this fire, but they say so far everything points to arson. Thick choking smoke filled the sky just before 6pm as the flames and spread quickly. Some people reported hearing explosions during the fire even though there was no fuel in the burned vehicles. Former fire investigator Steve Frady says the sound likely came from pressurized air released from tires and sealed (but empty) gas tanks. The flames fed off of toxic materials like rubber, fiberglass and light metals, which created intense heat. Fortunately there were no injuries, and crews were able to keep it from spreading to nearby businesses.

While utility crews and Michael’s Powersports employees focus on clean-up, investigators are turning their attention to finding the person responsible for setting the fire. Steve Frady says it’s possible someone driving by may have seen something that will help them find a suspect. He’s asking anyone who might be able to help to call “Secret Witness” at 322-4900.

Meanwhile, despite the devastating blow Michael’s Reno Powersports is open for business. Saturday they’re holding an open house to debut the Can-Am Spyder, a three wheeled roadster anyone can ride.

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