Owner Of Car Towed From Fire Charged Impound Fees

A fire at a vacant Omaha house earlier this month left one man wondering why investigators impounded a family car parked at the scene and why he was left with the bill.

A neighbor’s car parked in front of the house near 49th and Burt was either in the way or part of the investigation, so it was towed to the city impound lot.

“The fees start stacking up every day they don't want to release the car, but if you are holding the car, don't charge me for you holding the car.” Doug Parker says arson investigators questioned his son before releasing the car and its contents four days later.

Parker says his insurance will pay for fire damage to the vehicle, but to get it out of impound, he was told he'd have to pay at least $80 in fees. Parker says a fire investigator told him they wouldn't have to pay impound fees.

“There actually were fees being incurred and so because the investigator told the owner that, we have dropped the fees,” said OFD Capt. Tim McCaw.

Bob Neve lives next to the burned home. “If the fire investigators thought it might have something to do with the fire, then I think they are justified in towing it.”

There's no parking on the block so neighbors and visitors often park in front of the vacant house where there's been one fire after another. Neve hopes there won't be another. "This whole neighborhood is worried about people starting fires.”

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the Arson Hotline at 444-FIRE.

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