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2 men arrested for Nye County fires

Two men were arrested in Nye County and accused of attempted murder in connection with a pair of fires that hit Beatty beginning on Aug. 22, 2017.

The Nevada State Fire Marshal and Nye County Sheriff’s Office arrested Beatty residents John Wirth and John Wootton on Thursday, according to a press release from the Nevada Department of Public Safety.

A Facebook post by the sheriff’s office said the men are accused of setting two fires: the first targeting two trailers and a shed and the second involving the use of Molotov cocktail on an occupied house.

Wirth and Wootton are each accused of attempted murder, first-degree arson, second-degree arson and possession of incendiary device, according to the release.

They are being held in Nye County Detention Center, each with a $150,000 bail.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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