SPARKS — On Thursday at 7:10 p.m., Sparks Firefighters responded to a report of a possible structure fire on the 2600 block of Cygnet Circle. The first arriving fire unit found a single story residential duplex structure, with heavy smoke coming from the front door and heavy smoke and fire coming from a bedroom window of one of the units. A quick interior attack on the fire was started and the fire was brought under control within four minutes after the arrival of the first fire engine.
A primary search of the home found no occupants inside. Later reports of a possible child still inside initiated a secondary search of the home. This search also found no-one inside. Fire damage to the duplex was limited to the bedroom of one unit, but there was extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the living area of this unit. The other side of the duplex was not damaged. Due to extensive damage the unit was not able to be re-occupied; however, the residents of the other unit in the duplex were able to return to their home. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist five adults and three children who resided in the damaged unit.
An adjacent duplex structure was also damaged due to direct flame impingement coming from the window. The heat caused a window on the exposed duplex to be broken, but this duplex did not catch on fire.
There were no injuries reported to either occupants or to responding public safety crews. The cause for the fire has not yet been determined and no damage cost estimates have been calculated.