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Crews battle fire at vacant Flora Apartments building Wednesday

Posted at 6:40 AM, May 11, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-11 19:19:58-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Omaha Fire Department (OFD) crews responded early Wednesday to a vacant apartment building near 25th and Jones.

The building is the Flora Apartments, where earlier this year, the city forced several residents out because of poor conditions inside. OFD's Scott Fitzpatrick confirmed that no one was inside the structure, but by Wednesday afternoon it had not yet been determined whether the building was a total loss.

Crews were called to the area around 5:15 a.m. where smoke and some flames were coming from inside the building.

No injuries have been reported. According to OFD Chief Kathy Bossman, the fire department will be on the scene for a while and is working to keep the fire from spreading to other buildings.

The building's roof or top floor collapsed while firefighters were pouring water on it.

A structural engineer will determine if investigators will be able to enter the building or if it is too unsafe.

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