Update: Crews battle early morning fire

Posted By: Camila Orti

Firefighters were busy battling an early morning blaze at a home that is now being considered a total loss.

Fire crews were called to a house fire near 4th and E streets around 2:30 a.m. Officials say the house was fully engulfed in heavy smoke and flames.

“It was coming out of there like crazy,” neighbor Robert Wylie Jr. said.

Wylie lives right next door, and says he woke up to firefighters knocking.

“I thought 'what the hell is going on here,'” Wylie said.

He and his partner were evacuated because of how close his home is to the one that was burning, five feet, to be exact.

“One was in a wheel chair, so we evacuated them right away,” Lincoln Fire Capt. Jim Bopp said. “These houses are very tightly packed in here, so the guys did a really good job of controlling the fire.”

Wylie says he's thankful the flames didn't do much more than minor damage to his home.

“I'm fortunate that I'm still alive,” Wylie said.

The fire investigator says the fire started in a bedroom on the first floor, but still isn't sure of the cause. He says the house and all its contents are a total loss.

The property owner says he's just glad everyone got out safely.

Neighbors told Channel 8 there were two dogs in the house at the time, and only one made it out alive.

The fire is still under investigation.


Posted By: Dan Messineo

A fire burns through a house in southwest Lincoln, leaving two people without a home.  Fire crews rushed to the scene near 4th and E Street around 2:00 a.m. on Monday.     

Fire officials said that when crews got to the scene the house was fully involved with heavy smoke and flames.  A man was in the house at the time.  He was able to get out on his own.  Fire crews were immediately concerned the house next door could catch fire too.  They quickly got the people inside to safety.  “We had a couple occupants.  One was in a wheel chair, so we evacuated them right away.  These houses are very tightly packed in here.  So, the guys did a really good job of controlling the fire,” Capt. Jim Bopp with Lincoln Fire and Rescue said.  

Fire officials said the homeowners did have pets.  The pets have not yet been found.  The fire captain said the two people living in the house will not be able to say there due to the heavy damage.   The Red Cross is making arrangement for them.  No injuries from the fire.  The cause is still under investigation.