Suspect in downtown Reno arson surrenders

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Reno Fire Department says a man has admitted setting a fire at a downtown Reno office building.

After issuing a call asking the public for help finding the arsonist, 37-year-old Christopher Nixon surrendered at a Reno fire station. He was arrested and booked on one count of arson 1st degree, manufacturing of an explosive device, and burglary. No motive has been disclosed.

Investigators say he went to an upper floor in the high-rise building at 100 W. Liberty St. around noon January 17, 2018 and used an accelerant to light a fire. The fire was discovered and contained before it could cause significant damage.

Anyone with further information is asked to call the Fire Prevention Bureau at 775-334-2300 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900 or go to

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Surveillance photo courtesy RFD