It was a close call for a North Lincoln home. Lincoln Fire & Rescue responded to a garage fire near NW 4th & W. Carrine Drive in the Highlands. Firefighters reported seeing visible flames and smoke coming from the attached garage.
"Once that garage door opened up the flames just came shooting out like crazy," Neighbor Rex Peake said.
Witnesses say they heard explosions before fire engulfed the side of the house.
"I was letting my dog back out and I heard a boom," Peake said.
Officials say the call came in around 11:30 a.m. Viewers captured the blaze on their phones and sent Channel 8 videos and pictures. Investigators confirm the fire started in a van parked inside the garage, igniting nearby chemicals.
"It seemed to spread very rapidly to the stuff he had in the garage and to the vehicle itself that was parked there," LFR Battalion Chief Brad Thavenet said.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire, but heat and smoke damage will make the home temporarily unlivable. Officials say the van and garage are being considered a total loss. The homeowner, who was the only one home at the time, got out safely and nobody was injured.
Heat from the blaze also melted the siding of the house next door.
A fire inspector is still investigating. He estimates the fire caused more than $70,000 in damage.