One fatality in Ranchos house fire
GARDNERVILLE – An explosion and house fire rocked a quiet Gardnerville Ranchos neighborhood at about 9:30 p.m. Monday, taking the life of one man.
Initial reports indicate there were two or three explosions and the 1,400-square-foot Manhattan Way home was engulfed in fire when East Fork Fire and Paramedic District units arrived, according to Tod Carlini, District Fire Chief.
Fire conditions and structural failure due to the blast made entry into the structure impossible for first crews on the scene, he said in a written statement.
The fire was contained about 45 minutes after firefighters’ arrival.
One male victim was found dead in the home, Carlini said.
County records indicate the property is owned by Robert Kellogg, but the identity of the victim had not been released at press time.
“The deceased was the only subject in the home,” said Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Tom Mezzetta. “The home was the only structure damaged by the explosion and subsequent fire. No fire personnel were injured fighting the fire.”
The residence experienced extensive damage from both the blast and resulting fire, Carlini said.
Thirty-three East Fork Fire and Paramedic District personnel responded to the blaze with six engine companies, one truck company, one squad company, two rescue ambulances, two command units and two incident safety officer units.
The fire is under investigation by the East Fork Fire & Paramedic Districts’ fire investigation division and the Douglas County Sheriffs Office.
More information will be provided as it becomes available, Carlini said.