National Automobile Museum torched by arsonist, suspect held

National Automobile Museum torched by arsonist, suspect held

Police have arrested a suspect in the arson fire at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, where there was damage to the lobby as well as to an Ed “Big Daddy” Roth custom trike.

The Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth trike High Flyer was scorched in the arson fire | National Automotive Museum

The Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth trike High Flyer was scorched in the arson fire | National Automotive Museum

Police have arrested a suspect in the arson fire at the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, where there was damage to the lobby as well as to an Ed “Big Daddy” Roth custom trike that was on display.

Timothy Gray, 47, is being held by Reno police on suspicion of setting the museum fire as well as several other blazes in the area. The arson attacks were described as random and police say the suspect has not revealed a motive.

According to police, the fire started around 2:45 a.m. last Friday morning when the arsonist smashed the glass front door at the museum and hurled a Molotov cocktail inside. An automatic sprinkler system doused the fire before the flames could spread.

The custom trike, a VW-powered Roth creation named High Flyer, was parked near the entrance and sustained serious but repairable damage.

The museum is  closed while cleanup and repairs are being done. It is expected to reopen June 30.

The National Automotive Museum houses more than 200 vehicles, most of them from the once-massive collection of the late Reno casino magnate Bill Harrah.

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