Cause of Fatal Sun Valley Mobile Home Fire Unknown

By: Mariana Hicks Email
By: Mariana Hicks Email

Two people are dead following a mobile home fire in Sun Valley Wednesday morning. Fire investigators have been sorting through the rubble and debris all day, trying to find answers as to what happened.

Crews arrived at 5378 Sidehill Drive just after 10:30AM to find heavy smoke coming from the home.

"We woke up and there were a bunch of fire trucks up and down the street and we saw they were at the house on fire across the street," Brandon Crotto, a neighbor said.

Sidehill Drive was closed as crews battled the mobile home fire. The response was quick, but the home was a total loss.

"Very aggressive interior attack,” Reno Fire Operations Chief Joe Durousseau said. “Knocked the fire down fairly quickly.”

But the investigation slowed when crews discovered what was inside.

“Crews did find two fatalities inside," Chief Durousseau said.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office says a man in his 60’s and his mother, in her 80’s, lived in that home. Neighbors describe them as quiet folks who kept to themselves.

"Didn't see too much of them,” Crotto said. “They seem to be an older couple and never had any problems with them, just kept a quiet to themselves."

That is why two agencies are investigating the incident. The Reno Fire Department is looking into how the fire started. They say the heaviest amount of smoke was located in the living room. On the scene were three structure engines, one ladder truck, and one air support unit.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths. They say they haven’t received any word of family disputes at this location. Although, the Sheriff’s Office says the son was a registered Tier 0 sex offender.

"Our part of the investigation is to confirm whether it is criminal activity or was it just an accident that the fire caused them to be deceased," Dep. Armando Avina, a spokesman for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office said.


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