Cause Of Saturday's Fatal Apartment Fire Appears Accidental

A Saturday evening apartment fire that resulted in the death of a 76-year old man appears to be accidental, Reno Fire Department investigators said this afternoon.

Investigators said that trash and furniture near the front door of the apartment were ignited, but that a specific ignition source remains undetermined.

Investigators said there was no evidence to indicate the fire was arson or that foul play was involved.

Investigators said there was evidence that the occupant was a smoker, but said they cannot at this time make a determination linking smoking to the incident.

The fire was reported at about 6:21 p.m. Saturday in the second floor apartment at the Rosewood Park Apartments at 4500 Mira Loma Drive.

Arriving firefighters forced the door of the apartment open and quickly extinguished the fire and initiated search and rescue efforts.

The fire, which producing volumes of smoke, was confined it to the room where it originated and a small area in the attic.

The firefighters were able to quickly locate and remove the victim from the bedroom of the apartment, and attempted to resuscitate him before arrival of REMSA personnel who continued those efforts.

The victim was transported to a local hospital by REMSA, but he later died. No other injuries were reported.

Fire investigators said that the batteries in the apartment smoke detectors were missing, disabling the devices.

Fire investigators set a preliminary estimate of the contents and structure damage at about $7,000.00.

There were 24 Reno fire personnel who responded to the incident with three structure fire engines, a ladder truck, rescue unit, air support unit, and including a battalion chief, safety officer and fire investigator.


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