Nebraska News

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

After criticism over hiring of Omaha fire chief, Stothert proposes change to city codes to clarify selection process

VIDEO: Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert is proposing a city ordinance to address concerns that arose during the hiring of Fire Chief Dan Olsen in December. The ordinance would amend city codes that spell out how finalists are selected for promotions in Omaha’s Police and Fire Departments. The proposed changes are part of the city’s efforts to resolve matters raised in a lawsuit against the city over Stothert’s promotion of Olsen to chief, according to a letter to the council from the mayor and officials in the City Law and Human Resources Departments.
Omaha World-Herald

Fire extinguished at Northview Apartments in Blair

The cause of a fire at Northview Apartments, 1215 N. 10th Street, Blair, has not yet been determined. Blair firefighters responded to the blaze at about 10:30 a.m. Monday. The tenant's daughter was home during the time of the fire but was not aware of it, Blair Fire Chief Heath Reyzlik said. The fire has been ruled accidental. Arson is not suspected, although the exact cause has not yet been determined. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal is investigating. Northview resident Tim Grieco reported the fire after he smelled smoke and saw ashes inside his unit, which is directly below the unit in which the fire started. Flames seemed to have caused the most damage to the outdoor balcony of the second-floor unit.
Washington County Pilot-Tribune & Enterprise

Hall County: Resident of Pine Crest Apartments charged with arson

David Szafrajda was charged Monday in Hall County Court with first-degree arson in connection with a fire Oct. 10 at Pine Crest Apartments, 4870 W. Highway 30. In the arrest affidavit, Hall County Sheriff’s Deputy John Hinkle wrote that at about 5:10 a.m., he saw smoke coming out of the windows of Apartment 2. All of the lights were on in that apartment. A neighbor had called 911. Also from his car, Hinkle wrote that he saw a male standing at the stove in the kitchen area and a small flame on the stove. Hinkle originally thought food had burned.
Grand Island Independent

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bellevue residents awakend by burning RV

Authorities in Bellevue are looking for the cause of an overnight fire that engulfed an RV. It was reported around 1 a.m. near 5600 Childs Road West, just southwest of Highway 75 and Chandler. The vehicle was parked outside a home and the flames eventually reached and damaged part of the house. Residents inside the home got out safely.

Papillion Fire Department hosts annual pancake feed

PHOTO: The Papillion Fire Department had quite a delicious morning Sunday. In celebration of fire prevention week, it hosted a pancake feed. The chief says it was an educational opportunity for kids and adults. At least 2,500 people showed up.
KPTM-TV Omaha Fox 42

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