Dozens of residents were chased from their homes by a large fire at an Omaha apartment complex Saturday night. The flames were so hot they chased firefighters out of the building as well.
The fire broke out just before 10 p.m. at the Hillsborough Pointe apartment complex at 144th Street and West Maple Road. Residents living just a few doors down said they had only minutes to escape. “We just grabbed cell phones and wallets and took off and got out and watched it,” said Jeff Thornoton.
Two alarms were called to fight the fire because of how quickly it burned. “They have an entire attic space that is considered a void space, when a fire gets into that area it has nothing to stop it and it can affect many apartments, which is kind of what happened here,” said Omaha Fire Department Capt. Tim McCaw.
Those who live in the apartment were not home when the fire started. Laken Duncanson wasn’t home either. She lives directly behind where the flames erupted and said it’s hard to grasp, knowing everyone will be okay, but not knowing if there’s going to be anything to go home to. "Everything I have is in there so I don't know, I am thankful that the families that live in there, the families, are okay."
Over 14 units were affected by fire, smoke and water damage. More than 30 people are now displaced. The Red Cross was on the scene and will help those affected.
There were no injuries reported. The state fire marshal is now handling the investigation and trying to figure out what started the blaze.