UPDATE (9:25PM)- One of the injured from the Manhattan St. fire on Thursday night has died. Reno Police say 58 -year-old Ronald Craig Feemster was pronounced dead at 5:35 Friday evening.
Feemster had been transported to UC Davis Burn Center in Sacramento after suffering third-degree burns to 90 percent of his body. A second male, 28-year-old Luke Mumui, also suffered third-degree burns to 90 percent of his body in the same fire and is still in critical care at the UC Davis Burn Center.
The third victim in the fire, 36-year-old Priscilla Endemann, is out of intensive care at Reno’s Renown Regional Medical Center.
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- One minute, two men are working on their car; and the next, they sustain an explosion and life-threatening situation.
A destructive apartment fire was set ablaze on 930 Manhattan Street in Reno on Thursday, March 27 at 9:35 p.m. and proved to be a formidable foe, albeit short-lived. It only took the Reno Fire Department five minutes to reach the fire and 10 minutes to put it out, but -- because it was so quick moving and high in temperature -- the three people trapped inside could not get away in enough time to escape.
"We had a small explosion that resulted in a fire," said Reno Fire Department Chief Michael Hernandez. "The fire actually went from the outside of the garage into the main bedroom upstairs. It broke the window and set the contents of the bedroom on fire."
One woman was in that bedroom and suffered 2nd degree burns and smoke inhalation. The other two males injured in the fire were pulled from the garage and suffered 3rd degree burns over 90% of their bodies. The two men were repairing a car which was originally inisde the garage at the time. Although the fire department is still investigating, they believe that gasoline contributed to the inferno.
"There were some combustible liquids in there. There was a gas furnace and a water heater, so the necessary parts of the recipe were there," continued Hernandez.
Hernandez wants to use this tragedy as an opportunity to remind the public to keep combustible liquids like gasoline in approved and sealed containers.
A neighbor -- who did not want to be identified -- tells News 4 he saw the two males working on the car all day; and when he heard the first boom, there wasn't much time to react before the entire unit was up in flames.
This fire also hits close to home for the Reno Fire Department, as one of the victims has been identified as a family member of an active-duty firefighter.
This tragic incident also has a profound impact on neighboring units. Two adjacent apartments are partially burned or damaged and two adults and five children have been displaced in total.
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