Nebraska News

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Omaha Fire Department battle weather conditions, house fire

The Omaha Fire Department responded to a reported car fire in Southeast Omaha Monday evening. Upon arrival, the fire had spread to the house. According to the release, the driver of the vehicle had fled the scene and two possible occupants were reported to be living in the home. Weather conditions made accessing the incident difficult, according to the release, but they were able to extinguish it quickly. A firefighter was transported to the hospital with injuries. The fire is under investigation.

High winds cause pole barn fire north of Mead

Amid an ongoing snowstorm, the Mead Fire Department responded to a pole barn fire six miles north of the village early Tuesday morning. MFD First Assistant Chief Lee Daniels said the department responded to the call shortly after midnight. “There were drifts across the road,” he said. “We had trouble getting the trucks out there, but it just took us a little longer.” Although the department had help from its plow truck to get a path to the fire, Daniels said the steep snow prevented the trucks from leaving the highway to the fully engulfed barn. “That’s where our trucks were, and we had to pull about 400 feet of hose off to reach the building,” he said. No residents or animals were inside the barn at the time of the fire. In getting the fire under control, the department received extra help from Wahoo Fire and Rescue, as well as the Yutan, Colon and Fremont Rural volunteer fire departments.
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Lincoln Fire and Rescue encourages clearing snow from fire hydrants

In the midst of clearing off sidewalks, cars, and driveways after a huge snowstorm, Lincoln Fire & Rescue wants to remind you to clean off something you may have forgotten: fire hydrants. If you look at the image above, there is a 3-foot by 3-foot perimeter to clear away on either side of a fire hydrant. When it comes to an emergency, every second counts. Help save time for Lincoln’s firefighters and make sure your fire hydrant isn’t buried in snow. “If the hydrant is clear when we arrive, time is saved and time is property. A fire can double In size every 30 seconds,” LFR said in a tweet.
KLKN-TV ABC 8 Lincoln

Multiple Blazes Keep Fairbury Firefighters Busy

While much of Nebraska was waiting for the impending snow to begin, on Sunday, January 24, a pair of fires kept the Fairbury Rural Fire Department busy. Cold temperatures, wind and snow only complicated matters. At approximately 4 p.m. Firefighters were dispatched to a house on fire on River Road, roughly two miles north of Highway 136. The house was deemed a total loss. Fire Chief Kenny Krause told FJN, “There was nothing left. It was fully involved and starting to fall down on our arrival.”
Fairbury Journal

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Crews battle fire in Bennington

While street crews were ramping up snow plow efforts around Omaha, fire crews were working to battle a blaze northwest of the city on Monday night. Reports of full-fledged fire came in around 8:45 p.m. Monday, with emergency personnel warning of possible chemicals in the engulfed building located behind a home north of 168th Street and Military Road.

Heavy snow impacting Papillion first responders

Loads of snow is annoying for everybody. For first responders who don’t stop receiving calls to save lives, it's especially tough. Captain Josh Neville with Papillion Fire said the snow led to a busy morning. Because of the snow, his crew had to go a bit slower to make sure they accomplished what they needed to. If they have to battle a structure fire, everything is more difficult. "Walking through the snow — if the snow is six inches, a foot — you got to plow through the snow with your heavy turnout gear,” he said. “That's more of a challenge, and again, we're carrying heavy equipment —ladders, saws — plus we're dragging our hoses in there." When responding to emergency medical calls, Neville also said they have one firefighter lead the way. That firefighter's only job is to shovel and clear snow.
KMTV CBS 3 Omaha

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