Update: Fire Started By Child Playing With Matches

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The Omaha Fire Department said Friday the blaze that heavily damaged a home near North 42nd Street and Redick Avenue Thursday afternoon was started by a child playing with matches.

It was the home of Crystal Brown, a single mother of four, who said she woke up to smoke and flames, grabbed her 7-year-old son and got out. “It was huge flames. My whole bed, like, it was gone.” So was the breathable air. “The smoke took over the whole house."

Crystal’s three other children were at day care.

The Red Cross is helping Brown and her children, 7-year-old Jayden Brown, 4-year-old Timothy McCreary, 2-year-old Harmony McCreary and 8-month-old James McCreary. Crystal is a student at Wright Career College Omaha.

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