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“Repeat arson offender” arrested again — for arson

By ThisIsReno
South Reno fire damage. Image courtesy of Art Gillespie and Mary Charles.

The Reno Fire Department announced today the arrest of Justin Cloughly, 44, for a charge of third-degree arson. Officials said Cloughly set three fires yesterday around Reno, including one that was alleged to be a homeless encampment in south Reno.

“The campers said that someone was setting a fire in a shopping cart and pushing shopping carts into tents.” That was a tip given to This Is Reno.

Here’s what Reno Fire reported today:

Justin Cloughly, 44
Justin Cloughly, 44

On April 22, 2020, the Reno Fire Department responded to multiple intentionally set fires between Glenda Way and Redfield Parkway. The three fires are as follows:

  • 3:58 am – Brush and contents fire at Redfield Parkway behind Sam’s Club.
  • 4:48 pm – Intentionally set vehicle fire at 1150 Glenda Way.
  • 4:57 pm – Intentionally set fence fire behind 240 West Moana Lane.

Investigators are investigating two additional fires they said may be connected to Cloughly.

Cloughly in 2017 was arrested for two counts of arson after a string of fires set in south Reno. On April 25, 2017, the following fires were set, according to the Reno Fire Department:

  • 6:45 a.m. – Intentionally set fire in a laundry room at 1130 Glenda.
  • 8:07 a.m. – Intentionally set fire to landscape vegetation and attempted set to a pressure washer behind 4983 South Virginia Street (Bed Bath and Beyond).
  • 8:22 a.m. – Rubbish and grass fire behind Barnes and Noble located at 5555 South Virginia Street.
  • 8:23 a.m. – Rubbish fire and tractor trailer set on fire at Hobby Lobby located at 5685 South Virginia Street, causing one smoke inhalation victim.
  • 9:50 a.m. – Fire set to couch and pine tree which damaged two apartment units at 1549 Delucchi Lane.
  • 10:04 a.m. – Fire set to tree and fence at 6200 Meadowood Mall Circle.
  • 10:20 a.m. – Smoldering tree stump located at 630 Brinkby.

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