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Pile of Oil Stained Rags Cause of Structure Fire on Oakhaven Drive

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Reno Fire Investigators say that spontaneous ignition from oil stained rags is what started a fire that destroyed a home in the 10800 block of Oakhaven Drive.

Fire investigators say that a pile of oil stained rags were piled on the exterior deck after a recent staining project and they spontaneously ignited and quickly spread, extending into the attic space of the home through the exterior eave.

Fire crews arrived around 3 p.m. to find the home to find the home heavily involved.

The Reno Fire Department tells us the structure has partially collapsed and they lost most of the house to the fire.

No surrounding homes were damaged. 

One firefighter was treated for injuries that occurred during the incident.

There is still one pet unaccounted for but two residents have been removed and didn't sustain any injuries

The Reno Fire Department recommends the following to properly and safely dispose of oily rags:

  1. Use a container with a tight fitting lid. A metal can is preferable.
  2. Place soiled and used rags inside and then fill the rest the way with water, seal the top and do not open it. This will prevent the oils from oxidizing, and thus keeping the rags from heating up and igniting.

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