Frank Hobson

Sparks Fire Chief Frank Hobson lost his life on August 15, 1948, in a fire that consumed multiple buildings on Lake Street in Reno, Nevada. Frank Hobson was killed when the front wall of the building he was in collapsed. Firefighter Earl Platt, who was working alongside Frank, also lost his life. One hundred people were injured in the blaze. Chief Hobson was 60 years old and joined the Sparks FD in 1928 where he was later appointed Chief in 1936.