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UPDATE: UNO dorm fire caused by discarded cigarette

Posted: Updated: Feb 26, 2014 05:06 PM CST

By: Channel 8 Newsroom

UPDATED INFO:  Omaha fire investigators say Wednesday's fire was caused by a discarded cigarette on a second floor balcony.

The UNO students affected by the fire are getting help with replacing some of their school necessities.

"Up at the bookstore we can just go up there and check out and don't have to pay for any of that stuff so that's really good," says Eric Anderson.

UNO is using all recourses to help the fire victims.

Sue Gildersleeve, UNL Director of Housing, says they would do the same, if this were to happen at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

"A place to sleep, cloths to wear, that the community in many cases is helping to supply.  We're certainly going to help out with that," explains Gildersleeve.

The university is not liable for personal property.

Housing university contracts recommend student look over renter's insurance policies.

Parents should check to see if their student is covered by their homeowners insurance.



Flames engulfed the roof of a dorm on the University of Nebraska, Omaha campus Wednesday afternoon.

The 2-alarm fire broke out around 3:15. Flames could be seen shooting from Building G in UNO's Scott Village, and smoke could be seen for miles.

Officials say the fire started on the third floor, but quickly made its way to the attic because of high winds.

"I was watching TV, then all of a sudden, I hear people throwing rocks against the window next door yelling get out! Get out," a female student who lives in the dorm said.

Fire fighters say the blaze was contained to one building, but nearby dorms were evacuated because of concerns of the fire spreading.

"I look out my window and I see smoke billowing from the seams of the roof and then I walk outside to the front and all of a sudden there were just big plumes everywhere," the female student said.

Each floor of the three story building houses four, four-bedroom apartments.

About 50 students live in the dorm. UNO officials say all of them have been accounted for.

Fortunately, no students were injured. But one fire fighter was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Officials say the third floor is completely destroyed. Students are being moved to either Mammel Hall or Scott Food Court.

There is no word yet on the cause of the fire. The Red Cross was on hand, and UNO has provided mental health counselors for students and their families. 

UNO encourages anyone who wants to be helpful to send your donations to the local "Heartland Chapter" of the American Red Cross. http://www.redcross.org/ne/omaha.


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