The fire broke out just after 2:30 Monday afternoon at the Sun Dance West complex on Plumas and Moana in Reno. Fortunately no one was injured. Neighbors and firefighters evacuated people from 75 apartments, including an elderly man in a wheelchair who lives on the third floor. Many of them waited outside in the snow.
Firefighers carefully climbed snow-covered ladders to cut holes in the roof to vent the heat and smoke. They say it was a difficult fire to knock down. After about two hours, it was finally out...and some residents learned their apartments were badly damaged by smoke and water.
Officials say the fire started in the heating and air conditioning unit on the roof of the building. One resident says maintenance workers had recently been working on that unit.
Most of the smoke and water damage was confined to the attic and three apartments....but the entire building is shut down because there is no heat or power.