Cause Not Determined in Fire Destroying Sparks Medical Businesses

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SPARKS, NV -- There isn't much left of a dental office and lab, following a fire that destroyed several units of a professional complex in Sparks Tuesday night. Patients are left wondering when they can schedule their next appointments.

Wednesday morning, Dr. Paul McClintock came across a mess that was once his practice of 23 years after it been engulfed in flames the night before.

"I didn't think it was quite this large and that the entire half of this building was totally destroyed," said McClintock. "Damage to my clinic is extensive. The water damage, the smoke, you can see daylight through our living room, there's not much of a ceiling above us so, we have to move."

Firefighters say the fire started around 10:30 Tuesday night, in the attic of Aesthetic Restoration Dental Laboratory, spreading to five surrounding units, two of them vacant.

"We had to cut some holes in the roof just to get to those areas so just getting on the roof, that was a challenge, but luckily we were able to stop it before it got to other units," said Bob King, Sparks Fire Marshal.

No one was hurt, but the damage was significant, including tens of thousands of dollars worth of special equipment and just about everything else in the office. Fortunately, he was able to recover most patient records.

"In the big scope of things, material things can be replaced," said Dr. McClintock.

Bonnie Myers, the owner of Curves, which is adjacent to Pyramid Medical Center, says her business got off lucky.

"All we got to do is get the ceilings replaced and the carpet cleaned and we're good to go," she said.

Some 300 members work out at her business, and will be able to return Monday.

Despite the large setback, Dr. McClintock seemed to still be in good spirits.

"In a world of family medicine, just a good stethoscope and a good ear is all I really need."

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. As for patients, Pyramid Health Center says all appointments for the week have been canceled. Dr. McClintock says to call (775)-544-7964 or the temporary number at (775)-356-6040, which will be ready by Monday.

The current plan is to turn units number 19 and 20, which are still in the same plaza, into a temporary office. It will open as early as Monday.

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