Man arrested after Stagecoach house catches fire

Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

Cathleen Allison/Nevada Appeal

A Stagecoach man was arrested on an arson charge Wednesday night after firefighters found his home fully engulfed in flames just after

5 p.m. Witnesses reported he had been threatening to set it ablaze.

Matthew Dean Gohn, 46, was booked into the Lyon County Jail on suspicion of felony first-degree arson.

According to Central Lyon County Fire Chief John Gillenwater, crews were called out to the 5400 block of Sioux Lane about 5:19 p.m. When they arrived at 5:27 p.m., according to dispatch logs, the double-wide mobile home was 70-percent engulfed.

"It took us a little while to establish a water supply, because the water was so far away. That's a problem in that area, anywhere in rural Nevada, water supply is usually a problem," he said.

Because of the amount of items inside the mobile home, it took hours for the fire to be extinguished, said Gillenwater.

About 30 people, Lyon County and Mason firefighters and volunteers, responded to the scene.

Lyon County Sheriff's Sgt. Shawn Clanton said Gohn was at the scene when crews arrived.

Witnesses reported Gohn had been inside the home and when a neighbor called for him to come out, Gohn allegedly said to his parents, who live nearby, "I wouldn't have done this if you guys hadn't taken my money."

Fire investigators believe the fire started inside the home in the northwest corner, said Clanton.

"Everyone was saying he was the only one in there and he'd been making threats a couple of months now about wanting to burn it down," he said.

Gohn allegedly resisted arrest and was tased before being taken into custody, said Clanton. He is being held on $40,000 bail.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is handling the arson investigation, said Gillenwater.


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