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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

October 15, 2009

Contact: Thomas Cannon, ATF Reno

Office: (775) 784-5251

Contact: Steve Frady, PIO, Reno Fire Department

Office: (775) 334-3850

Cell: (775) 813-6911

ATF Announces Up To $25,000 Reward For Information On Alexander Apartments Arson

RENO, Nev., — Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the Reno Fire Department announced today that ATF is posting a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the July 29, 2009 fire that destroyed 23 of 36 unoccupied buildings under various stages of construction at the Alexander Apartments complex.

More than 65 firefighters responded to the late evening fire at the complex located at 11380 South Virginia Street that resulted in an estimated loss of $30 million. Investigators from the Reno Fire Department and ATF are conducting a joint investigation of the fire and have ruled out accidental causes for the fire.

Investigators have canvassed and interviewed more than 100 individuals and are seeking the public’s help in solving this crime. Law enforcement officials are hopeful that the reward will provide additional leads to solve the case.

Anyone having information about the arson should immediately call the Secret Witness Program at (775) 322-4900. Information provided to the Secret Witness Program can be provided on an anonymous basis.

Information about the Reno Fire Department is located on the City of Reno’s website at

More information about ATF and its programs is available at