UPDATE: Cause Of Reno Mobile Home Fire Still Under Investigation

By: Danielle Staub, Abbie Schrader Email
By: Danielle Staub, Abbie Schrader Email
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UPDATE 1/24/2014 4:40 PM

The day after a tragic mobile home fire kills a man investigators are still looking into the cause and neighbors are grieving.

68-year-old Steven Farley was in his mobile home on Starlite Drive in Reno Thursday night when the fire broke out around 5 p.m.

Neighbors believe the stroke Farley suffered in the past prevented him from getting out alive.

His next door neighbor, Jennifer Conant, says her husband ran over to the home when they saw the flames.

But the home was so engulfed he couldn't get to Farley in time.

And she was the one who had to identify the body, which she says was one of the hardest things she ever had to do.

"The one deputy sheriff and I think the EMT were standing right beside him when they asked me to. Our landlord tried to but he couldn't. So I did," she says.

The extreme cold Thursday night made it difficult to extinguish the fire, freezing the hoses.

The fire marshal spent much of the night on the scene and returned Friday morning.

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.


UPDATE 1/24/2014 10:00 AM

Firefighters from three departments responded shortly after 5:00 Thursday evening.

The fire burned so fast it caught the neighbors off guard.

"My dad said 'man it's foggy out' and we looked out the window and his house was on fire," says Cole Conant, a neighbor.

68-year old Steven Farley was trapped inside the trailer.

Neighbors say Farley suffered from a stroke, which may have hurt his chances of getting out alive.

"Well the center of the trailer was fully involved with fire and that appears to be where it started, and that's where we found the gentleman," says Reno Fire Chief Dan Ritchey.

The fire marshal's office will determine the cause of the fire, but it's a blunt reminder about safely heating your home in the extreme cold.

"Well people do use space heaters and different forms of heat and it causes problems," says Ritchey.

It was so cold the fire hoses froze.

Chief Ritchey says the fire marshal's office was there Thursday night and would be back Friday morning.

They cleared the scene just before 8:00 Thursday evening.


UPDATE 1/23/2014 5:50 PM

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says one person died in a mobile home fire on Starlite Drive in Reno.

We have a reporter on the scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.


Multiple fire departments are on the scene of a mobile home fire on Starlite Drive in Reno.

We have a reporter on the scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.


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