By Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2020

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Reno firefighters contained a fire in an apartment building where two people were rescued by firefighters on ladders and a young child was dropped to safety from a third-floor window and caught by a passer-by Thursday.

No injuries were reported. There was no immediate word on cause of the fire.

Battalion Chief John McNamara said a fire truck on a non-emergency call diverted to the apartment building after firefighters spotted a large smoke column. Once there, they saw heavy smoke coming from second- and third-floor apartments.

Arriving firefighters saw a crowd outside the building and a child being dangled out of a window, McNamara said.

“Before they could stop them, the child was dropped and was caught. Then we threw some ground ladders up to the third floor windows and assisted the two residents out the windows,” he said.

Other residents were evacuated without incident.

Regarding possible injuries, it“made a huge difference” that the child was caught and that firefighters quickly rescued the two other people, he said.

Firefighters quickly contained the fire but at least 12 units suffered damage, McNamara said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

Twelve fire trucks with approximately 50 firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire.

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