A fire destroyed two homes and damaged another Sunday evening in Papillion. The fire broke out around 11:30pm near 60th and HW 370 and multiple fire departments battled the flames for hours.
One home was completely destroyed by the fire, Alexandria Williams said she was sleeping with her two-year-old son when she heard a loud noise and got up with her sister, “We went to go upstairs to talk to our parents and just saw orange.”
Williams said it was a rush to get outside.
“We left everything, I left my shoes, the baby shoes, we just stood across the street and watched our whole lives go.”
The firefighters left behind piles of charred rubble and broken glass, but there were no injuries reported.
“I don't think people realize when they see on TV the devastation,” said neighbor Kay O’Connell.
She said the neighborhood stepped up to help their neighbors right away.
“So I said size 8, size 10, and said she needs this and that, everyone gathered and ran into their home and came out,” she said.
Williams said the support from family, friends, and even complete strangers has poured in since last night.
“My son's birthday was Saturday and he lost all his presents and people have brought presents to reopen,” she added.
Her son’s daycare is donating clothes to the family along with others who have bags of clothes for the five who just lost everything.
Williams said her family is picking up the pieces and could use all the support they can get, “I feel like this is a bad dream.”
There is a GoFundMe set up for the family, Williams said they all had different places to sleep for the night.