Two Homes Damaged In Camellia Drive Fire


RENO, NV - Look at the faces of Reno firefighters Friday afternoon and the word hot should be spelled out underneath their names.

While there is no good time for a fire to start, this one happened during a heat wave in northern Nevada, where temperatures were in the mid-90s.

And that doesn't begin to take into account the temperatures inside the burning home.

“Probably well over 600 degrees at the floor of the home. In the attic probably approaching 1,000 to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit,” says Rik Kajans, Battalion Chief with Reno Fire

So intense was the heat, Engine 8 was called in to relieve firefighters here so they could take a break and cool off.

Once there, firefighters were told to drink plenty of water and rest in the shade to recover.

Chief Kajans says the fire burned quickly and caught the attic of an adjoining home, and firefighters had to work to contain flames.

Two Dachsunds were rescued and needed first aid for the heat but were reportedly doing fine.

No injuries to either firefighters or those living in the homes, but the incident underscores the dangers of fighting fire in heat.

Reno fire investigators are still trying to find out what caused the fire on Camellia Drive.


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