Officials: Searches find nobody in blast-damaged Nevada dorm

Explosion at University of Nevada
Posted at 2:36 PM, Jul 06, 2019

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say thorough searches of a University of Nevada, Reno, dormitory building that was heavily damaged by an explosion found nobody inside and all students are accounted for.

Officials said during a news conference Saturday that the cause of the Friday explosion that blew out windows and did other damage to multiple floors of Argenta Hall remains under investigation.

The university has said a mechanical failure of some type is suspected, but State Fire Marshal Bart Chambers said investigators can't check the boiler area in the basement of the seven-story building until they get clearance by a structural engineer.

He says several feet of water have been pumped out of the basement.

Eight people suffered minor injuries and only two required brief treatment at a hospital while the others were treated at the scene.