Emergency responders reported to North Virginia Street within the university campus Friday afternoon following calls about a dormitory explosion.
@RenoPolice and @RenoFireDept are investigating a campus incident. Please avoid the west side of campus between 9th Street and College Drive. All UNR Med facilities remain open. If you have an appointment, please enter campus from Evans Avenue. Updates: https://t.co/3vo1JAkMDg. https://t.co/cmIJKuU1oo— UNR Med (@unrmed) July 5, 2019
Steve Leighton, operations chief for the Reno Fire Department, told reporters Friday evening that eight people had been injured: six were treated on-site and two transferred to area hospitals, but later discharged.
The incident took place in the basement of the university's Argenta Hall.
"There has been a utilities accident on the main campus. Police and fire on scene. Please stay away," reads a UNR Police Service email obtained by KTVN.
Update 1 :: Area around Argenta and Nye hall closed. Police and fire working in this area please stay out of this area.— UNR Police Services (@uofnevadapolice) July 5, 2019
Reno Police, Reno Fire and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office are on the scene.