Several families relocated after apartment fire

By: Jenn Hatcher

An apartment fire left several families without a place to stay Tuesday night. Investigators say it was caused by an improperly discarded cigarette.

Luckily, no one was injured.

One teenager, who lives just across the hall from where the fire started, saw the smoke and jumped in to action.

She told us she started filling up buckets of water but by the time she returned to the neighboring unit, the window busted and flames were everywhere.

She helped get everyone out of the building, near 16th and Garfield.

Firefighters had the two alarm fire under control quickly but the unit where the flames were coming from suffered a lot of damage.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue Chief, Roger Bonin says, “The crews did a good job, and they got a good knock down on this.   If this would have been at night, we could be looking at a total loss to the structure.”

After the fire, residents were allowed to go inside and get some personal items.

But the building was closed off later.

The Red Cross is helping accommodate those who were affected.

Fire investigators have not released a cause or damage amount.