Firefighters Discuss Fatal Blaze


Omaha fire investigators say they know what caused a deadly fire in a mobile home on Wednesday but the information won’t be released until after the autopsies of the two children who died in the blaze.

We do know that while the home had a smoke detector, the device did not have a battery.

The memorial outside the mobile home where brothers Gabriel and Brandon died continued to grow on Thursday; a collection of candles, prayers and stuffed animals.

OFD Chief Bernie Kanger said it took firefighters just two-minutes, 45-seconds to arrive at the scene and begin trying to rescue those in the burning home. That’s usually enough to save someone.

Two teams entered the burning structure but the flames were so intense the fire was already out of control. Three of their hoses began to shred and lose water pressure. Firefighters say they've rarely seen this much damage.

We're told the four to six firefighters who were inside located the bodies and quickly got out.

Chief Kanger said, "These individuals took on an incredible amount of risk based on the type of fire. It burnt through the hoses."

Their own firefighting gear took on damage too and will need to be retired.

“We will risk a lot to save a life," said the chief.

On Wednesday night, the fire union passed the hat during a membership meeting and collected close to $1,000 to give to the family. They wish the outcome had been different.

Omaha Fire Captain Trevor Towey said, "They all have kids. It affects them too. You think of your own families. They know it was a tough situation and did everything they could. Even though there wasn't anything else that could be done they prepare for the next time."


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