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Early morning house fire takes the life of one resident in Washoe County.
Media Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Charles A. Moore, Fire Chief
PR 15-003

Reno, Nevada. Jan. 1, 2015 Truckee Meadows Firefighters were busy New Year’s Eve battling two separate yet simultaneous structure fires. The first fire occurred in the Wadsworth area at 2001 Olinghouse Rd. shortly after 11 p.m. The initial call to dispatch indicated the single wide mobile home was fully engulfed in flames. A Washoe County Sheriff’s Deputy arrived minutes after the alert tone to confirm the initial call to dispatch. Fire Crews from North Lyon Fire Protection District and Pyramid Lake Fire Department assisted Truckee Meadows Firefighters with extinguishment. The structure was not occupied at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

While Truckee Meadows firefighters were putting out the Wadsworth area fire, a second notification of a house fire was received near Geiger grade in Washoe County. That fire was reported Thursday at 1 a.m. at 15090 Rhyolite Street. Firefighters responded with seven engines, one water tender and 22 firefighters. The fire burned so intensely that it threatened nearby structures for a short time, until firefighters could deploy hose lines to keep the fire from spreading.

One resident of the home was able to escape while reports to 911 indicated another individual was trapped inside the structure. Firefighters attempted to enter the residence but heavy fire conditions prevented them from reaching the victim.

Truckee Meadows Firefighters and the State Fire Marshal located one deceased individual inside the structure once the fire was fully extinguished. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

 Editor's note:  The attached photo is from the Rhyolite structure fire.

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