Firefighters from six Venango County Fire Departments
were on the scene of a full involved residential structure
fire in Reno at 12:26 pm Thursday. The house, a two
storey structure with a front porch was fully involved as
the first fire units rolled up to the scene at 7th Street
and Chestnut Street. According to emergency radio
transmissions explosions were heard coming from
inside the structure in which two people were
entrapped. A male resident of the home called 911 to
say a female inside the home might still be in the living
room, but by that time, Sugar Creek Borough Police
reported they had extricated the woman from the first
floor. She was reported suffering from smoke
Fire fighters set up a location behind the Sandy K. Hovis
State Farm office at State Route 8 and Two Mile Run
Road to fill tankers as they became depleted after filling
portable water sources set up by Cornplanter Volunteer
Fire Department at Walnut Street and 7th Street.
Several fire departments were put on standby in home
and away stations to cover for units responding to the
Reno fire. Those standby units included Oakland,
Cherrytree , Pinegrove and Sandy Creek. Sandy
Creekalso supplied a tanker for mutual aid as did
Seneca Volunteer Fire Department.
The fire was declared under control at 1:48 pm and the
first units retired from the scene at 2 pm.
Responding to the scene were units of the Oil City Fire
Department, and five volunteer fire departments:
Reno, Rocky Grove, Rouseville, Cornplanter and
Seneca. Sugarcreek Borough Police and Oil City Rescue
responded as well.