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Fireworks start fires across Lincoln

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

Fireworks are a popular Fourth of July tradition, but today they caused heart break for some Lincoln families.

The most devastating one, a fire that destroyed not only the garage, but two vehicles as well.

"As you can see through the front garage door, we have pretty extensive damage to 2 vehicles that were parked in the garage at the time of the fire. It appears they have heavy damage to them, yes," Battalion Officer Leo Benes said.

The fire is costing the family more than $170,000 in damage.

 A little before that blaze, another garage fire, near 20th and Calvert, again, caused by fireworks.

It was called by a neighbor who saw smoke.

This one was a little more dangerous for firefighters, they had to maneuver through electrical wires to get to the flames on the roof.

Thankfully, they were able to get the fire out in time.

"Aggressive fire attack, we got water on the fire pretty quickly it was a little bit difficult to get to also due to the construction features of the roof being shake shingles is a little bit difficult to get up and get into," Benes said.

 Thankfully no one was hurt in either of these fires.

 Firefighters say they went out on more than 20 calls just today for firework related fires, many being grass fires.

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