LPD investigating arson in Saturday morning fire

Posted by: Channel 8 Eyewitness News



Spencer Kasper woke in his home near 17th and Sumner Saturday morning to hear his roommate running upstairs, screaming that there was a fire.

"There was smoke all over my room," he said. "The fire was in the room next to me and the whole upstairs was smoky…we saw the wall was ember–ing a bit, so we ran downstairs, grabbed a bucket of water, and threw it on there."

The water didn’t help, so the friends called 911.

"Five individuals altogether inside the house," said LPD Sergeant Kathy Phillips. "Four got out of the house on their own. LFR actually had to rescue one from inside the house."

The man LFR rescued was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Kasper and his friends say their fire alarm didn’t go off, and they were lucky to have woken up in time

"There were so many things that could have gone wrong and they didn’t," he said. "There was a chance that I wouldn’t have woken up. If my roommate hadn’t woken me I probably wouldn’t have woken up."

The fire inspector says the fire was suspicious and had several different places where it was set. They are investigating it as an arson.

No word at this point on who started the fire or why.


Lincoln Police are investigating a house fire that started around 7 a.m. Saturday in a home near 17th and Sumner.

Police say it there were five people inside at the time. Four got out safely, but the fifth had to be rescued by LFR. That person was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fire started in an unfinished upstairs room. The fire inspector said there were multiple points of origin, and other factors that lead to an arson investigation. No word yet on who is responsible, or why. We will bring you details as soon as they become available.