Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Nov 25, 2022 - 11:50AM

For Immediate Release

Arson Suspect Arrested by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives After Joint Investigation

For media inquiries contact:
Bryan Samudio
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6234
Cell: 775-484-9820


On August 14, 2022, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue responded to two separate fires (known as the Joy Lake Fire) near 3400 Joy Lake Road in Reno, Nevada.

The fires destroyed one home and damaged three others resulting in significant property damage.

During a joint investigation by Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Unit and Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue, it was determined the fires were willfully and maliciously set.  

The investigation found that Matthew Kimmens was responsible for setting the fires.

On November 23, 2022, WCSO Detectives and K9 Deputies located and arrested Kimmens for the following charges:

  • Arson 1st Degree (four counts)
  • Arson 3rd Degree
  • Arson 4th Degree
  • Destruction of Property $5,000.00 or more (four counts)
The WCSO is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact Detective Todd Williams at
Matthew Kimmens

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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