At 3:36 p.m., Sparks firefighters responded to a report of a possible structure fire. The first fire company found heavy smoke coming from the attic vents and from around the base of the chimney of the one-story residential structure. This fire appeared to be confined to the attic, but when crews took the hose line inside a fire was discovered in the living area in the rear of the home.
The fire appeared to have started in a clothes closet or adjoining utility closet, but the exact origin of the fire has not yet been determined. This fire had spread into the attic.
Crews extinguished the fire in the living area, while doing a search of the home and ventilating the smoke and heat from the structure. The attic fire was controlled next, requiring firefighters to cut a ventilation hole in the roof and part of the ceiling to access the fire. It took 26 minutes to bring the fire completely under control.
No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries to fire personnel. Three family pets — a dog, a bird and a snake — died because of the smoke and heat.
Damage to the attic and rear of the home was extensive, and the occupants were not able to reoccupy. The Red Cross has been requested to assist the family.
The fire is currently under investigation, and no fire cause or damage cost estimates have yet been determined.