Pet dies in afternoon house fire

By: Cole Miller

Firefighters were also busy Monday afternoon battling a house fire in north Lincoln.  It was the smell of smoke that prompted a neighbor into action, he ran across the street to the home to make sure no one was inside.

Firefighters were called to this home near 32nd and 'S' street around 2:30, where smoke was pouring from the windows. Once inside, firefighters say there were no people inside, but a pet inside the home didn't make it out and died. They had the fire out in about 15 minutes.  A neighbor says the property was a rental and the tenants were being evicted, but firefighters couldn't confirm that just yet.

“We're looking at everything about the occupants. I haven't heard anything at all yet as the disposition of them. We just know that they're not at this location,” Battalion Chief Bruce Sellon said.

Firefighters say the fire started in the back of the home, likely in the kitchen area. Crews are still investigating the exact cause of the fire.