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Omaha World Herald

Multiple explosions and a fire in an underground concrete electrical vault rocked downtown Omaha and forced the evacuation of a nearby hotel, but no injuries were reported. Authorities say the incident happened Monday night when a power transformer that sits under the sidewalk next to the Doubletree Hotel caught fire. Acting Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Mickey McLaughlin says explosions from the transformer continued after firefighters arrived, producing a large amount of smoke and flames coming from the sidewalk grates over the vault. The hotel was not damaged by the nearby fire.

Omaha World Herald

Residents of 12 units of an apartment complex in Omaha are out of their homes after a fire. The blaze broke out Saturday afternoon at the Fontenelle Hills Apartment complex. WOWT-TV reports that authorities believe improper disposal of smoking materials is to blame. The fire began in one of the units then spread into the attic and into other units, causing the roof to collapse. The building was constructed in the 1970s, before sprinklers were required. A few people were treating for smoke inhalation but no serious injuries were reported. The building was a total loss. 

Ponca Hills Fireman Laid To Rest With Honors

Mar 17, 2021
Washington County Enterprise

A fallen firefighter is laid to rest.  A procession took place yesterday to honor the life of Dennis Bender, who died last week while fighting a grass fire near Fort Calhoun.  Hundreds of first responders and law enforcement took part in the procession, and residents lined the route near the cemetery.  The Ponca Hills Fire Station also posted a sign thanking Bender for 50 years of service. 


Police say a third person has died from injuries received in an explosion that leveled a house in Omaha, Nebraska. Police said Thursday in a news release that 28-year-old Alexander Toledo died Wednesday at a burn unit in Kansas City, Missouri. Toledo had been found by neighbors sitting outside the destroyed home with severe burns following the Tuesday morning blast. Toledo's grandmother, 73-year-old Theresa Toledo, and another woman, 45-year-old Angela Miller, were killed in the explosion. Seventy-two-year-old Larry Rodriguez was critically injured.

US News and World Report

Fire officials say an explosion that leveled a home in Omaha, Nebraska, has left two people dead and two others critically injured. Omaha Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick says firefighters responded to the explosion shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday. Fitzpatrick says the house was leveled and completely destroyed. The explosion also caused significant damage to homes on either side of the house. The blast in south-central Omaha rained splintered lumber and other debris throughout the neighborhood, and witnesses say it was felt and heard miles away.

A three-alarm fire at an Omaha Housing Authority apartment building in north Omaha left about 60 people out in the cold, but all got out safely. The fire was reported Friday evening at the Ernie Chambers' Court Apartments. Arriving firefighters saw flames coming from the building's top floor, and part of the building's roof eventually collapsed. Omaha fire officials say the blaze was caused by youth playing with fire. Battalion Chief Mike Pritchard says no one was injured in the fire. OHA officials and the American Red Cross are working to find temporary housing for those displaced.

New Fire Station opens in Lincoln

Oct 31, 2019

Lincoln, NE)  --  A new fire station is open in Lincoln.  Station 15 at 70th and Pine Lake is now fully operational.  Lincoln Fire Department officials announced yesterday that they have fully staffed the city's first new fire station in more than 20 years.

The Nebraska Fire Marshal's office has determined a lightning strike caused the fire that destroyed a fertilizer plant and injured three people.

The office said in a news release Friday afternoon that the fire at Cooperative Producers Inc. dry fertilizer plant at Hastings has been declared "natural in origin." The state office says it was aided by the Hastings Fire Department and three other departments, as well as Adams County Emergency Management, in investigating the cause of the fire.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An actuarial analysis shows the city of Omaha and its police and firefighters are putting enough into their pension fund for the first time in at least a decade.

Omaha Fire Chief retiring in May

Feb 24, 2016

Omaha Fire Chief Bernard Kanger plans to retire in May.

City of Omaha, Fire Department group reach tentative agreement

Apr 3, 2015

The city of Omaha has reached a tentative contract agreement with the Omaha Fire Department Management Group.