Large Apartment Fire in Carson City

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UPDATE: Four units have been destroyed by the fire, leaving six to eight people displaced. Firefighter have not confirmed the number of renters.

A neighbor witnessed the fire and says he could feel the the warmth of the flames halfway from the fire.

"I''ve seen fires before but at a great distance, I've never seen one start and build up as much as this one did," Randy Moguel-Sanchez, said.

It's everyone's worst nightmare. Luckily no one was home during the fire.
"I was sitting at home watching a movie and I glanced out the window and we saw a ball of fire on the balcony," Moguel-Sanchez said. "We ran outside, I called 9-1-1. The fire department responded within five minutes."

By the time the firefighters arrived, the fire had spread to the apartment next door and then to the bottom two units, two units were unoccupied.

"There's a significant amount of damage which is hard to figure out where exactly it started," Carson City Fire Department Assistant Chief, Tom Tarulli said. "We'll have to pinpoint that location.

"It's weird how there was a fire right next door to mine pretty much and it was scary too," Moguel-Sanchez said.

Fortunately, no occupants or firefighters were injured, but two dogs and a cat did not survive. It's a fire that investigators suspect started outside.

"There's exterior wooden decks which are kind of nice for evening picnics so there's a good example of why we say we don't want people to barbecue on their patios or decks," Tarulli said. "We're not sure of how the fire started, but there's a good reason why we don't allow that."

Currently, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Firefighters in Carson City are mopping up after a large fire at an apartment complex on W. College Parkway.

Photographs show exteriors of the building's first and second floors charred. Some firefighters are on the roof while others are continuing to spray water on the building.

Ronald Brotherton, who witnessed the fire, tells KOLO 8 News Now Douglas County fire crews helped Carson City fire crews put the fire out.

Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says the fire department got the flames out really quickly, but even with that, about four units were badly burned. Furlong says fire crews are still on scene, making sure the fire is completely out.

Furlong says the fire started in a building which is about half-way into the eastern side of the complex. Officials estimate a number of residents will be restricted from the area for a few hours longer.

We have a KOLO 8 News Now crew on scene. Stay with us for the latest updates on this developing story.

Photo: Ronald Brotherton