Yerington man charged with arson in Fernley church fire

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Robert Perea, The Fernley Reporter

A Yerington man has been arrested and charged with arson after a fire last week at the Fernley Free Methodist Church and the Fernley Crisis Pregnancy Center.

North Lyon County Fire Protection District Chief Scott Huntley said the fire at 100 West Street was first reported to the Lyon County Sheriff’s office on Sept. 27. Huntley said it was reported as a “warming fire”.

Photo courtesy of LCSO Justin Carter of Yerington was arrested on an arson charge after a fire at the Fernley Free Methodist Church and Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Photo courtesy of LCSO
Justin Carter of Yerington was arrested on an arson charge after a fire at the Fernley Free Methodist Church and Crisis Pregnancy Center.

Huntley said a resident notified him about the fire on Sept. 29, and he determined it to be arson, and based on the location of the fire, he contacted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Nevada State Fire Marshal.

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Huntley said during his investigation he questioned several people in the area, and he found paper and other materials used to start the fire.

“There was minimal damage to the structure, just some charring and some evidence at the scene used to light the fire,” Huntley said. “Having the materials still at the scene assisted us.”

Huntley contacted the sheriff’s office, and they arrested Justin Carter, 34, of Yerington on charges of arson in the first degree and an additional charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

Carter is being held in the Lyon County Jail on $50,000 bail.

Lyon County Sheriff’s Office administration director Michael Carlson said sheriff’s office is still investigating the incident and will release no additional information at this time.

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