Nebraska News

Monday, August 3, 2020

House under construction in Lancaster County explodes

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says a house exploded and completely burn down early Sunday morning. Volunteer firefighters were called the area of Southwest 14th and West Leoma Marie Lane just before 1:15 a.m. LSO tells 10/11 NOW the home was under construction, in an area of southwestern Lancaster County that is seeing new housing being developed. The Sheriff’s Office says the home is a total loss. The cause is under investigation, which the State Fire Marshal is handling. No injuries have been reported. Volunteers from nearly a half-dozen agencies were on scene to put out the fire, including Crete, Hallam, Hickman, Southwest and Southeast Fire Departments.
KOLN-TV CBS 10/KGIN-TV CBS 11 Lincoln-Grand Island

Lincoln Fire and Rescue called out to two-alarm fire at warehouse

Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to the scene of a two-alarm fire at a warehouse in northeast Lincoln. The call came in just before 10 p.m. Sunday at Rexnord Addax, near 60th and Fletcher. LFR says crews arrived to smoke coming from the building. They found fire inside, and were able to get it extinguished quickly. Battalion Chief Jeremy Gegg said it appears the fire spread up some sort of an exhaust shaft, catching part of the roof on fire. No employees were inside at the time, and crews were able to get the fire under control relatively quickly. Fire inspectors have not yet released the cause of the fire and the amount of damage done to the building.
KOLN-TV CBS 10/KGIN-TV CBS 11 Lincoln-Grand Island

Several agencies team up to train together at lake in Omaha for nighttime emergency

VIDEO: When first responders get word of an emergency, time is of the essence. It's especially true for Metro-area water and dive rescue teams. That is why several agencies teamed up to sharpen their skills, should the call for help come in complete darkness. From the classroom to Flanagan Lake, instructor Akeem Banister with the Bennington Fire Department made sure all 42 first responders involved in the exercise covered the basics. "We did a quick swim assessment -- front swim, side swim, back swim, then we transitioned over to going to the boat," he said. Banister normally trains divers for Bennington Fire. Saturday night, colleagues from Yutan Fire Dive team, Waterloo Fire, Boys Town Fire and Fort Calhoun Fire departments either steered the LED-equipped boats, or dove in to hone their night-time training.
KETV ABC 7 Omaha

Friday, July 31, 2020

Smoke detectors helped a Hastings family avoid a fire in their home

Smoke detectors are credited for the safety of a family of six that made it out of their Hastings home from a fire, the night of July 30. The family was alerted by the smoke detectors of the fire, which allowed them to safely evacuate. No one was injured in the fire. Hastings Fire and Rescue (HFR) received a call to a fire on the 800 block of North Lexington Ave. at 9:44 p.m. Thirteen firefighters arrived on scene by 9:49 p.m. Hastings Rural Fire also assisted, and the fire was under control within 10 minutes. The fire was determined to be accidental, caused by the overheating of a portable air conditioner, according to HFR. The HFR reported that the fire damage was limited to one room, with smoke and water damage throughout the home.
KHGI-TV ABC 13 Kearney

How Lincoln 911 dispatch operates during the pandemic

VIDEO: Since the pandemic started, 10/11 has been telling you how Lincoln first responders have shifted their operations, making sure they’re able to still help you, but now we’re hearing about Lincoln 911 dispatch. Lincoln 911 dispatchers answer an average of 36,000 emergency calls every month, making their work beyond essential. They tell 10/11 it’s important they take the necessary precautions surrounding COVID-19, keeping everyone safe. Unlike many other jobs able to work from home, it’s impossible for dispatchers to do so. Staff is now separated, using two different call centers. At work, every employee wears a mask, goes through a COVID-19 screening and has their temperature checked. Once they pass, an employee receives a green wristband, giving them the okay to enter the call center.
KOLN-TV CBS 10/KGIN-TV CBS 11 Lincoln-Grand Island

Beatrice Fire and Rescue station progressing

Rain or shine, construction of the new Beatrice Fire and Rescue building is still underway. During a city council meeting last week, City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer said roughly 415 Geopiers are being installed as part of the building’s foundation. Geopiers are stiff rock columns placed in the ground to reinforce the soil and support a building’s foundation. “It may be a little bit noisy in the area, but they should be done rather quickly, and then you’ll see the foundation go in while the walls are being constructed off-site,” Tempelmeyer said. “As we pour concrete, those will come in and be tilted up, as well, here relatively soon. That project continues to move forward. Really no surprises here lately, which is good news.” Construction workers have already done grading work on the site, as well as constructing the building’s sewer line and storm water system.
Beatrice Daily Sun

Omaha firefighters are called to a house fire

An Omaha house being moved into is the scene of a Friday morning fire. Omaha firefighters respond to the area of 33rd and Seward before 5:30 a.m. Friday. Fire officials tell KETV NewsWatch 7 that while people were moving into the house, no one was inside at the time. Authorities say no one was injured and the fire is under investigation.

Fire South of Chadron Does $45,000 Damage to Home

A fire Wednesday south of Chadron in the Whispering Pines area damaged a home and burned a small area of grass. Chadron Fire Chief Branden Martens says the fire started outside the house, then burned the front of the home and its walk-in basement while continuing to spread in the surrounding grass. Chief Martens says Chadron crews were joined by a US Forest Service crew with grass rigs attacking that portion of the fire, the full-size pumpers on the house fire, and large tankers on a hill overlooking both to supply both groups. Martens says relatively little water was used on the house as crews were able to stop the fire from spreading by cutting away portions of the structure and pulling out smoldering insulation. Because the house had been built by the owner, Martens says it was difficult putting a dollar figure on the loss but he and the owner estimated about $30,000 damage to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.
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