Smoke fills southwest Reno home; dogs escape safely

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A southwest Reno home was filled with smoke Friday morning but crews controlled the fire.

Two dogs inside the home in the 700 block of Manor Drive escaped through a dog door. One of the dogs, described as an adult boxer breed, jumped into the front seat of Reno Fire Department Safety Officer Capt. Owen Hardy’s vehicle when he opened the door, the fire department reported.

"Accountability for a pet on a fire scene has never been this easy," Hardy said in a statement.

Fire crews found the other dog outside and it was held in a neighbor’s yard until the homeowner arrived, the fire department said. A passing neighbor heard the smoke alarm and reported it. Crews ventilated the home and kept the fire to the kitchen and attic above the kitchen.

The 700 block of Manor Drive was closed for about two hours. Red Cross is finding accommodations for the people who lived there and the dogs.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

The Reno Fire Department Fire Prevention Bureau reminds everyone that having working smoke alarms and home escape plans is important. They suggest everyone check their detector batteries with the daylight savings time change Nov. 5.