Dogs Killed In NW Reno House Fire

RENO, NV - Firefighters were busy knocking down the flames at the home on Wyoming Avenue.

It's too soon to know what caused the fire, but neighbors tell us before it got out of control, they went to the front door to see if anyone was inside.

“Started beating on the door trying to see if anyone was there. I could hear a dog inside barking and a lot of crashing inside like somebody might be in there trying to get to the door. And the smoke was just pouring out at that point,” says Steven Walker, a neighbor.

“They didn't push it to the point they got in trouble, But when we got on scene, they were able to tell us what they found and having these guy help was a great thing,” said Reno Battalion Chief Dick Nachtsheim.

No one was inside at the time the fire broke out, however the owner's two dogs were; they both died of smoke inhalation at the scene despite resuscitation efforts.

Chief Nachtsheim says firefighters inside faced an intense fire because of the design of the home.

A look at their faces outside in the driveway, you can see they were exhausted.

But there was worry as well; a red flag warning had been issued for the day, which means winds could blow up to 40 miles an hour.

“Today was high wind and dry conditions,” said Cheif Nachtsheim.

The owner of the home could only stand by and watch as firefighters tried to save her home; once extinguished, they took her inside to show her the damage.

While the damage was confined to the back of the house, a look beyond and there's a wooden fence, a lot of very dry vegetation, and houses just to the north.

Firefighters say this could have been much worse.

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