Fire Department, Rain Help Put Out Fire Still Smoldering In Neighborhood
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CREATED Aug. 1, 2013
Omaha, NE -- Neighbors called Action 3 News and complained a fire kept burning in their neighborhood on Thursday.
Action 3 News first told viewers about the controlled burn, near 168th and Fort Streets, on Monday night.
The fire started when a developer burned brush that spread to a barn.
Neighbors in the area said it's been affecting them for days.
"They have left those piles with burning embers, flames that shoot up, with no one there to attend," said Susie Mertz, who lives across the street from where the controlled burn was.
She said every day the fire smoldered, and she felt the effects.
"First of all, my lungs are full and tight," said Mertz. "I know it's from that. It has to be because I've never had allergies or anything like that before."
Mertz is not alone. Stacey Wellman and her fiancé, Robert Michler, live in the neighborhood across the street.
Wellman said the fire has flared up her asthma.
"When you walk into our bedroom, because it has the biggest window, is when I can really notice it the most," she said. "Obviously, that's where we sleep so it's just difficult."
Michler said he too noticed the fire still burning Thursday.
"I was home this afternoon, I take a step outside, and with the humidity and everything, you could smell the smoke like it was Monday night, like it was still going on," he said.
Michler called 911, and the fire department showed up and put the fire out.
Then, Mother Nature stepped in.
"We are supposed to get an inch of rain tonight, which will be a blessing," said Mertz.
With the rain Omaha is supposed to get Thursday night, and into Friday, the people who live in the area are confident the fire won't be a problem anymore.