Update: Fire Victims Identified

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Authorities have identified the two people injured in a house fire Wednesday as Laurie Saenz and Bobby Harbour.

Saenz was transferred to St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center for treatment and was listed in critical condition Thursday. Harbour is hospitalized in Omaha but his condition is not being released.

They were injured Wednesday afternoon when fire gutted a home at 92nd and Larimore. Employees of a nearby school were among the first on the scene to help.

It all happened in just minutes as neighbors watched a wild scene unfold.

Jessica Welch said, “I saw smoke just really billowing out the side door and flames coming out the windows."

Lushawn Smith Whitelocke said, “I jumped up and looked outside and I just see the flames coming out the side door."


House Fire

A teacher at a nearby Catholic school also saw the flames out of her classroom window and quickly alerted an administrator.

The administrator at St. James Seton School just across the street said once they saw flames and smoke shooting from the house, he and the custodian ran across the street. They found someone who had obviously once been in the fire who told them that there was one more person inside. Then they went inside and carried the man out to safety.

Jessica said, “I saw them carry a man across the street and then lay him on the grass and then just kind of hung out with him for a few minutes until paramedics arrived."

Both victims were hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns as fire investigators combed through the home looking for the cause of the blaze.

Neighbors say the school workers are heroes.

Jessica Welch said, “I think that's awesome. I think to just step in and help somebody you don't even know, that's pretty brave."

Lushawn said. “Dealing with the students, they are already heroes. So for them to even go that extra step it just makes you feel good."

The Omaha Fire Department said Wednesday night that its crews were able to contain the fire to the living room where it apparently started.

Three animals died in the fire.


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