Fire At Sikh Temple In Reno Was Deliberately Set But Not a Hate Crime, Fire Department Says

May 12, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The Reno Gazette-Journal

The fire at the Sikh Temple in Reno was intentionally set late Monday to cover up an attempted burglary, Reno Fire Department investigators believe.

Investigators continue to look into the case and ask anyone with information to call Secret Witness at 322-4900. 

Temple members have cooperated to help find the suspects and evidence at the scene is being tested for fingerprints at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office crime laboratory, the fire department said in a statement.

Josh Vestal, who lives just behind the temple at Locust and East Second streets, also had his home burgled at around the same time.