Omaha, NE - Firefighters spent the morning battling flames at a vacant building in south east Omaha. Firefighters say investigators located evidence that transients may have been staying on the property.
The smoke could be seen for miles. Firefighters doused the fire for more than an hour before finally gaining control of the building fire near 27th and Dorcas.
Witnesses said just after 11:30, Thursday morning, they heard something move around inside of the building. Seconds later, flames were shooting through the roof. "Somebody started it from the inside," said Pat Salvatore, owner of a neighboring business called Can Pac Recycling. "We heard a noise from the inside, I couldn't see inside the building but we heard the noise, somebody running across the floor. The next thing you know the black smoke is just billowing from the building," said Salvatore.
Firefighters didn't enter the building in fear of becoming trapped or a ceiling cave. The roof collapsed during the operation to put out the fire.
Fire Chief Kanger said the cold temperatures didn't freeze the hydrants, it did take a toll on the firefighters. "Fortunately, today is a little bit better than we've had the past few days but it is still cold and we are getting the Salvation Army down here to rehab our folks," said Kanger.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.