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Fire damages structure near Sparks rail yard (updated)

By Don Dike Anukam

Fire heavily damaged a single building by the Sparks rail yard Wednesday night around 10 p.m. A large white plume of smoke billowed over the area, large enough that eyewitnesses could see it from downtown Reno and surrounding areas. 

Firefighters from Truckee Meadows Fire District reported that the fire was largely under control by 10:45 p.m. but was still being put out in small pockets.

Sparks Fire Marshal Chris McCubbins said the cause of the fire still under investigation. A security guard who works next door to the damaged property was near the scene and told investigators that the area is at times frequented by people who are homeless. However, it’s unconfirmed if that was the case Wednesday night.

Potential damage to the wood-framed building is estimated from $30,000-$40,000 due to structural and roof damage. There were no reports of casualties or injuries from the fire.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to attribute the eyewitness report.

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Brian Bellinger April 16, 2020 - 10:49 am

“Sparks Fire Marshal Chris McCubbins said the cause of the fire still under investigation. Eyewitnesses at the scene mentioned that the area is known to be frequented by people who are homeless.”

Wow. Great insight😂 we can certainly see where the bias here begins. Why not just tell us how you really feel? Maybe you could have thrown in a quote from a “credible” witness saying how they had hoped some of the homeless people who frequent the site could have perished in the flames. Top notch reporting… This is not an opinion piece, or is it? 😐

Kristen Hackbarth
Kristen Hackbarth April 16, 2020 - 12:32 pm

Thanks for the feedback! We’ve updated the story to more specifically attribute the eyewitness report.

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