Late Night Fire Damages Apartment Complex

Lincoln Fire and Rescue are investigating the cause of an overnight fire at an apartment building on Knox and Portia streets. The fire broke out in a six-person apartment complex at 1625 Knox street.  

Battalion Chief Pat Borer says at about 11:00 Thursday night, LFR was called to the building where fire was coming out of the back.  Fire began to spread to the attic space and in between the building's two roofs. “It's difficult because this building was built with a flat roof and at some point they decided to put another roof over the top of it. So, we got the fire extinguished in the living areas but we're having difficulty getting to the fire in the attic,” Borer says, “essentially, you're looking at fire in two different roof structures.”

The warm late night temperatures and the wind made the fire hard to combat—– additional units had to be called in to put out the blaze. Occupants were evacuated, including two families. There were no injuries and total damages were over $100,000.   LFR says the blaze started from an electrical short in one of the bedrooms.  

The families have been relocated by the Red Cross, but they still need some assistance.  The Cornhusker Chapter will be accepting monetary donations, you can find out more information on how to help by going to