More than 40 people remained evacuated from their homes Friday night, after fire ripped through their apartment building. 6 of the 20 units at 250 Grove Street suffered heavy damage from smoke and fire. But all residents are being kept from the building until a full inspection is complete and power can be returned
The cause of the fire that started around 9:30 AM has not been determined. Witnesses say it sparked in the closet of one unit, and quickly spread along the back balcony. By the time fire crews arrived four units were fully involved in flames. Crews prevented the fire from spreading any further by cutting vents in the in the roof and surrounding it on both ends.
Fortunately everyone escaped the building safely, and there were no reports of injury to firefighters. With nowhere to go, many residents received assistance from the Northern Nevada Red Cross. The agency helped victims with food, and clothing needs. As residents prepared to be evacuated all weekend, the Red Cross established a temporary shelter at Wooster High School. A representative for the Red Cross says inspectors could give the “all clear” as early as Saturday, but the group will continue to provide support for the victims as necessary.