Arson suspect arrested

On January 17, 2023, the Nevada State Fire Marshal was requested by the Wells Volunteer Fire Department to investigate a residential fire that occurred in Wells in the area of Shoshone Avenue. The fire completely damaged the residence and caused some damage to the neighboring structure. Investigators with the Nevada State Fire Marsal found the cause of the fire as arson. With the assistance of the Elko County Sheriff’s Office, Investigators arrested suspect James Clark, who was a tenant of the residence where the fire occurred. Clark was charged with 2 counts of first-degree arson and one count of torture and injuring an animal.