2 residents, 1 pet dead after three alarm fire at Stardust Apartments in northwest Reno
Two people and a pet are dead after a three-alarm fire at an apartment complex in northwest Reno early Thursday morning.
Crews with the Reno Fire Department responded to the Stardust Apartments located at 1301 Stardust Street shortly before 2 a.m. on December 14.
While firefighters were en route to the scene, they learned two people were trapped on a third-floor balcony.
When emergency personnel arrived on scene -- at least one apartment was fully engulfed in flames.
Despite their efforts, firefighters were unable to rescue two trapped residents. One person who was unaccounted for earlier in the morning has been located safely.
The fire made its way into the attic of the unit that was fully engulfed and spread to several other apartments.
The Reno Police Department says it is leading the investigation due to the deaths associated with the fire, with assistance from the Reno Fire Department.
Lt. Zack Thew said in a statement released Thursday afternoon that the two victims have been "tentatively identified" as residents of the apartment, but their identities are not being released, pending confirmation and notification of family.
According to Thew, first responders spoke with someone "who offered speculative information suggesting a possible arson by one of the" victims, but the cause of the fire is still undetermined.
The Red Cross says approximately 20 adults have been displaced as a result of the blaze. Volunteers will stay in contact with the families to ensure they have a safe place to sleep, food, clothing, medication, and other essentials.
Crews will remain on scene for several hours so you are asked to avoid the area.
This is a developing story. Check back with us for updates.