UPDATE: Cigarette causes $50K in damages

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Just before 1 p.m., Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) was called to the area of Vale and N 10th Streets on a report of a house fire.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the 1,000-foot home, but all occupants were able to evacuate safely. The fire seemed to be mainly on the backside of the residence. LFR was able to get water on the fire and have it under control around 1:20 p.m.

Upon further investigation, LFR found the fire had started outside of the residence and traveled up the wall into the roof. No fire was found inside when firefighters searched the area.

The lead Fire Investigator, Damon Robbins, claims the fire was caused by an improperly discarded cigarette.

The owner claims the cigarette was discarded in a black Ace Hardware garbage can just after 12:30 p.m., but LFR warns that when paired with windy and hot conditions these cigarettes cause a lot of fires. Since the fire was on the exterior of the home, the home’s fire alarm did not alert the owner, rather a neighbor knocked on their front door to warn them.

The damages are estimated at 50,000 dollars.


Just before 1 p.m., Lincoln Fire and Rescue (LFR) was called to the area of Vale and N 10th Streets on a report of a house fire.

Heavy smoke could be seen coming from the building, but all occupants were able to evacuate safely. The fire seemed to be mainly on the backside of the residence. LFR was able to get water on the fire and have it under control around 1:20 p.m.

Upon further investigation, LFR found the fire had started outside of the residence and traveled up the wall into the roof. No fire was found inside when firefighters searched the area.

The lead Fire Investigator, Damon Robbins, claims the fire was caused by an improperly discarded cigarette. The cigarette was placed in a black Ace Hardware garbage can, but LFR warns that when paired with windy and hot conditions these cigarettes cause a lot of fires.

The damages are estimated at 50,000 dollars.

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