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Firefighters mopping up after Sun Valley blaze destroys 2 homes

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Late this afternoon a fire broke out at Fourth Avenue and Fiora Way in Sun Valley. Firefighters were called to the scene at about 3:55 p.m.

As the fire grew to a four alarm blaze, 69 firefighters from four jurisdictions, including Reno, Sparks, Sierra and the Bureau of Land Management, responded to stop the fire from spreading. REMSA was also there to help with any medical emergencies.

Reno Fire Battalion Chief Todd Keckley said, “The conditions were dry, windy and hot – all the things firefighters don’t want.””There was a tremendous response and cooperation.”

The fire burned less than a acre but destroyed two homes (5425 Flora and 5425 Victor), partially destroyed another home (5415 Flora) and burned three out-buildings and two carports. Five residents lost their homes.

REMSA crews treated one firefighter for smoke inhalation and provided oxygen to a resident who needed it after electricity was turned off to the person’s home.

Washoe County sheriff deputies worked to protect residents in the immediate area of the fire and kept others away from the scene.

Reno firefighters will continue with the mop-up and monitor the area, possibly through the night, to make sure embers don’t start another blaze. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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