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Authorities respond to fire at apartment complex

Posted at 3:22 PM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-30 15:52:34-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Authorities responded to a fire Saturday afternoon at the Pines at Q Plaza apartments off of 84th and Q streets.

The call came in around 2:30 p.m. as a two-alarm fire. The two-alarm fire status brings in double the crew, which was put in place due to the heat.

Five engines, four trucks, three medics and a rescue unit responded to the apartments.

Omaha Fire Department personnel battled the fire in nearly 100 degree temperatures. One firefighter was sent to the hospital due to heat-related issues.

Firefighters were on scene for at least two and a half hours.

The fire is believed to have started in a third-floor apartment, which spread due to heavy winds. Fire spread across four units, with most damage done to one apartment and a stairwell. Some flames also spread to the roof and attic area.

The Omaha Fire Department says the units below the badly burnt apartment on the third floor likely suffered heavy water damage.

About 28 adults and two children were displaced. The Salvation Army and Red Cross were on scene, with the Red Cross assisting some with housing.

No one was hurt in the fire. First responders tended to two pets which are now doing okay.

O.F.D. says the cause of the fire was "careless disposal of smoking materials on an exterior balcony."