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Seven families displaced after apartment fire

Posted: 2:20 PM, Oct 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-07 17:13:58-04
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A fire at Pacific West Apartments Saturday evening left about seven families displaced, according to the Omaha Fire Department.

Just before 5:30 p.m., fire crews responded to 14121 Pierce Plaza.

Upon approach, fire crews saw large amounts of black smoke coming from a third floor apartment.

A working fire was declared at 5:26 p.m. and a second alarm was requested a short time after.

Fire crews coordinated exterior and interior attacks and contained the fire to the attic space and apartment of origin.

Crews helped occupants evacuate the building while some had left before the fire department arrived.

The Salvation Army and Red Cross were on scene along with utilities. The fire was under control at 5:56 p.m.

No significant injuries were reported, according to OFD.

Lund, the company that manages the property, says a burning cigarette on a third floor balcony is to blame and seven apartments were destroyed.