Apartment Complex Fire Displaces 80 People

By: Jacki Ochoa, Brittany Gunter
By: Jacki Ochoa, Brittany Gunter

An apartment complex goes up in flames leaving 80 people without a home. It happened Friday night at Applewood Pointe in Omaha near 96th and Q.

Chris Colegrove said he called 911 when he saw the flames. He then went door to door waking up his neighbors. “I think it was because of my military training, because I didn’t think, I just reacted and ran in and did it.”

Willie Harris also lives in the complex. He said he saw the beginning stages of the fire. “There was just a little bit of smoke, that’s all I saw and then the next thing I know there’s flames.”

Omaha fire crews arrived on scene. Battalion Chief Daniel Olsen said they tried fighting the fire twice from the inside, but the fire was too intense. Part of the building collapsed at one point. Crews were finally able to get the fire under control, but they will stay on scene until Saturday morning to make sure there aren’t any flare ups.

Many people had to run out of the building, leaving all their belongings behind. Liz Dorland with the Red Cross described the scene, “People are wrapped up in Red Cross blankets. There are kids holding onto little teddy bears that say Red Cross on them, just to provide them with that extra support.”

The Red Cross is helping those who have been displaced. At this point fire investigators do not know the cause of the fire.

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