Due to numerous news outlets requesting a statement from the Fire Chief regarding the Washoe Drive Fire investigation, the Chief has provided the following:
From Reno Fire Chief Michael Hernandez:
The Reno Fire Department’s report on the Washoe Drive Fire was comprehensive and conclusive. The report was completed and released in April 2012. Since that time, the Reno Fire Department has not been asked to provide any further information or conduct any further investigation. Our department will always cooperate with any agency and will continue to assist with any follow-up if asked. It is important to remember the fire department’s responsibility is to determine the cause and origin of the fire and our investigators did just that. The determination of whether a crime has been committed falls to law enforcement agencies.