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.
2.5 hours after the first crews arrived on scene, pockets of fire are visible. Three ladder trucks are flowing water. Fresh crews are now working the incident. 25/Jones. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/TDgo2YN9K3— Omaha Fire Department (@OmahaFireDept) May 11, 2022
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.