4 injured in Omaha funeral home fire

Posted at 6:01 AM, Jan 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-26 15:42:04-05

10:42 a.m. UPDATE:

The fire union says all those taken to the hospital with injuries from Tuesday's fire will be OK.  The Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 385, released the following statement:

"We were reminded once again by the fire this morning at Heafey Heafey Hoffman that firefighting is a dangerous job.

Fortunately, those who were injured today will make a full – and hopefully a speedy – recovery. Please keep our fire fighters and civilian in your thoughts as they recover. We extend our sincere gratitude to the University of Nebraska Medical Center and their entire staff for providing the injured with such excellent care.

On behalf of the Omaha Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 385, I thank the Omaha community for their continued support as we continue to work hard every day, in all kinds of conditions, to keep our city safe.

Steve LeClair
President, Omaha Professional Fire Fighters, Local 385"

The Omaha Fire Department says it took firefighters about two and a half hours to bring the fire under control.

 The facility's smoke detectors were working, officials said. They estimate the monetary loss for the building at $1.5 million and its contents at $777,450. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


An early morning fire at Heafey Heafey Hoffmann Dworak-Cutler Funeral Home has sent four people to the hospital.

Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger confirms to KMTV reporter Shawnte Passmore that three firefighters and a funeral home employee are being treated at a local hospital. She's told their injuries are believed to be non life-threatening.

Flames and heavy smoke could be seen pouring out of the mortuary near 78th and West Center St. since approximately 3:20 a.m.

There has also been a partial collapse reported. The fire appeared to be under control by 6 a.m.

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"We will be shutting down Center street so we can lay another supply line across in order to fight this fire," said Chief Kanger. 

Avoid Center from 78th to 84th and Mercy Road to Center during your morning commute.

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