North Lincoln fire ruled arson

Posted By: Sarah Fili

Just after 1:30a.m. Monday Lincoln Fire and Rescue responded to a home in flames near 27th and Holdrege. When they got there, they couldn't find the residents.

"We have not found any occupants that claim that they live here, but there were reports that people were going inside prior to our arrival to retrieve possessions," captain Jeremy Gegg, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, said.

That led investigators to start asking questions and after looking at what sparked the flames rule the fire arson.

"It appears to be three different points of origin that occurred within the living room of the single family dwelling," Fire Inspector Daniel Gross said.

Gross tell us the people who had been living there were recently evicted. They had been living in the home up until last night and were moving out within hours of the fire.

"If someone is being evicted, then of course that's a motivation to be angry about being evicted from their property, cause I don't know how long they've lived there, they could be months to years," Gross said.

Gross says paper and plastic were used to start the fire and flammable material was set around the home to accelerate it.

"In two of the three points of origin, I had an aerosol can that was placed in that area that the fire was lit," Gross said.

The fire was contained to one room in the house and no one was hurt. They estimate about $22,000 in damage. Investigators haven't confirmed any suspects but are looking to speak with the residents.

"Until we are actually able to speak with the owner and get more definitive information and then speak with the occupants that were leasing the property, renting the property, we're not going to be able to know some of those facts," Gross said.

If you have any information on where the previous renters may be you're asked to call the police non-emergency number at (402) 441-6000.