OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Omaha Fire Department battled apartment complex fires at two separate locations Thursday afternoon.
UPDATE 10/22/19 - The Omaha Fire Department gave us the following statement when asked about whether sprinkler systems at the apartments were operational at the time of the fire.
Due to the applicable code requirements and design practices at the time of construction there was not an original mandate for automatic fire sprinkler systems to be installed in buildings of this age and occupancy type. Existing buildings may be required to meet current codes, including automatic fire sprinkler systems, due to a substantial remodel or rebuild. All new construction is required to meet or exceed currently adopted codes.
Omaha Fire crews fought two back-to-back 2nd alarm fires this afternoon. Crews are actively working at the Kensington Woods apartment complex. Please avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/pjjE3RVEQr— Omaha Fire Dept (@OmahaFireDept) October 17, 2019
TR78 working the master stream at a second alarm fire on 106th Ct. pic.twitter.com/jFFiXWYTYS— Omaha Fire Dept (@OmahaFireDept) October 17, 2019
The first blaze began at Camelot Apartments located at 2344 92nd Ave, Omaha, NE 68134.
The second blaze is happened at Kensington Woods apartments, located at:
Video of the fire from Twitter:
Another user's picture.
The Metropolitan Utilities District is responding to the area to lend aid:
MUD is responding to the scene of an apartment complex fire at 1306 N 106th Ct #Omaha— M.U.D. Omaha (@mudomahane) October 17, 2019
More pictures from Kensington Woods from by 3 News Now Photojournalist Tapiwa Muchegwa:
Multiple agencies are on-scene lending aid: