A Three Alarm Blaze Destroys A North Lincoln Business and Apartments, Injuring One Firefighter

A three-alarm fire Thursday afternoon toppled a 97-year-old, two-story building that had been home to a Lincoln heating and cooling company for the last 62 years. The first fire call was made shortly after the noon hour to Green's Plumbing, Heating, Cooling and Electrical- on the corner of 48th and Madison.

The fire grew so quickly firefighters had to move their truck because it was getting to close. One apartment resident had to be rescued by firefighters after he became trapped inside. He and the others were then taken by the American Red Cross to find food and shelter.

“You can imagine leaving for work in the morning and all the sudden coming home and finding you
have nothing left,” Said Janine, who lost her apartment in the flames.

One firefighter was injured. Joe Nelson broke his leg while fighting the flames. He'll be fine, but healing for about six weeks.

Several streets have been closed:
North 48th from Leighton to Adams
Madison from 47th to 49th
St. Paul 47th from 49th
Baldwin 47th to 49th.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Fire officials believe the blaze may have started in the basement.