CITY OF RENO NEWS RELEASE
Two juveniles, a brother and sister, have died following a residential fire in the 500 block of South Wells Avenue. Due to the age of the juveniles, the Reno Fire Department will not be able to release the names of the individuals. The mother remains hospitalized.
Reno Fire Department investigators advise the fire appears to be caused by unattended lit materials that were used for a faith-based ceremonial purpose. The materials quickly ignited some near-by combustibles and spread.
As with any fire, investigators want to stress the importance of having working smoke detectors. During the investigation, which is still ongoing, officials found a smoke detector without a battery. The U.S. Fire Administration advises, “A properly installed and maintained smoke alarm is the only thing in your home that can alert you and your family to a fire 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
The American Red Cross has arranged for alternative living arrangements for the residents of the apartment complex. The complex is anticipated to be closed for a month.
A local account will be set up for the family. Details on the account will be released as soon as the account is set up and available. Donations can be made through the American Red Cross.
For more information about smoke detectors or to learn about designing a fire escape plan visit www.fema.gov.