Hot Conditions For Omaha Firefighters

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

For the fifth day in a row temperatures reached 100 and Friday Omaha firefighters had a busy couple of hours responding to a fire in north Omaha. They called in extra crews and checked up on everyone frequently to make the heat more bearable.

It took two trucks, three engines, and a rescue company to stop the fire near 20th and Manderson. It was in a vacant home but the heat made it difficult to battle.

“This is the first time I ever seen a fire up close,” said Isaiah Campbell.

Campbell was riding his bike when he saw the fire.

“The whole entire front porch except for the door,” said Campbell.

He ran to his house and his dad called 911.

“It was growing pretty quickly. And it started to take over the whole front side of the house,” said Robert Campbell.

Flames shot from the roof, smoke spread across the sky as 24 firefighters in all got the fire under control in about 30 minutes.

“It's very important that we rotate our guys on a day like this, after every single bottle of air that they use,” said Acting Battalion Chief Zach Ryan.

He says for the last week a rehab crew has been on the scene of every fire. That means after each air tank is used up, each firefighter gets their vitals checked.

“If they are okay they can come back out and rotate in. If not they keep them a little longer,” said Ryan.

They are also filling up with plenty of water and even used the fire hoses to help cool off.

“It's a decision that we have to make based on the conditions that we have and it was really a no brainer today because of the heat,” said Ryan.

Volunteers from the Red Cross were on scene to help too. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Officials say the house may be a total loss.


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