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Warehouse fire produces heavy smoke and zero visibility for firefighters



At 4:02 p.m. Tuesday, Reno firefighters responded to a structure fire at a large warehouse located at 2500 Valley Road.

The call to 9-1-1 came in from an adjacent occupant of the warehouse that heard fire alarms sounding, saw sprinklers going off, windows breaking, and smoke coming from the warehouse.

“The building was fully charged with heavy smoke and crews had zero visibility,” advised Battalion Chief Jeff Frank. “Firefighters conducted significant ventilation to clear the smoke and ensure the fire was knocked down.” The fire sprinklers inside the warehouse are credited for knocking down most of the fire before crews arrived on scene.

The portion of the warehouse that was involved in the fire was unoccupied. No injuries were reported.

“Bales of carpet remnants used for recycling are what caught fire,” advised Frank. “It appears they had been smoldering for awhile.” The cause of the fire is under investigation. The building received heavy water damage along with charring to the rafters.

The Reno Fire Department responded to the fire with four structure engines, one ladder truck, one safety officer, two fire investigators, the fire department chaplain, and two battalion chiefs. REMSA responded to the incident to provide support services. NV Energy was also on scene helping fire crews by shutting off gas and electric services.

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