Nevada wildfire razes homes

  • 16/10/2016
The destroyed home belonging to Dennis Hof (Twitter)
The destroyed home belonging to Dennis Hof (Twitter)

A wildfire fanned by high winds has destroyed 22 homes in a wooded area of northern Nevada, among them a mountain property belonging to the owner of a locally famous brothel.

Dennis Hof, the owner of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, revealed in a message on his Twitter page that one of his houses was destroyed by the blaze, which fire officials said had scorched 800 hectares in the area of Washoe Valley south of Reno.

Hof, who is profiled along with workers at his legal brothel in the television series Cathouse on cable channel HBO, posted a photo of the house reduced to rubble.

More than 360 firefighters were battling the blaze, which has been dubbed the Little Valley Fire and has destroyed 22 homes and 17 outbuildings, officials said.

The cause of the fire, which was first spotted early on Friday, was being investigated.