Suspect accused in Omaha apartment fire to be booked for 1st-degree arson

Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 8:51 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha Police arrested 32-year-old Joseph Petree while Omaha firefighters attacked an apartment fire Friday morning.

Petree was taken to a hospital and treated for smoke inhalation. He’s expected to be booked on first-degree arson charges.

First responders were called to the scene at 7:12 a.m. The apartment complex is along Benson Gardens Boulevard, which is northeast of 81st and Blondo streets.

No one was hurt according to the release.

It appeared the fire started in a second-floor apartment. At least two apartments were damaged.

Officials say the fire was under control on the second floor of the apartment, the third floor, and the attic.

The suspected arsonist was apprehended at the scene and three people, including the suspect, were displaced due to the fire.

Authorities said it was too early to say what may have happened prior to the fire being set.

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