Critically injured fire victim transferred to Lincoln burn unit

Omaha, Neb -- One of the two people injured in a Monday morning apartment fire in Omaha has been transferred to the St. Elizabeth's Burn Unit in Lincoln for further treatment. She is identified in a police report on the incident as Sheandra Ross, 41.

Ross was taken to an Omaha hospital in critical condition and later transferred to Lincoln. She suffered burns and smoke inhalation.

The second victim is being treated in Omaha.

The fire broke out just after midnight in the St. James Apartment Manor at 61st and Spencer. Firefighters were called at 12:01 a.m.

They quickly extinguished the fire but in a search of the building they found Ross unconscious and suffering from burns in a back bedroom of the apartment where the fire originated. The second person was rescued from an apartment above that unit.

The preliminary investigation attributed the fire to food that was burning on a stove.

An initial loss assessment indicates $20,000 worth of damage to the building and another $5,000 in losses to property inside the apartments. There is heavy smoke and heat damage in the unit where the fire broke out. The rest of the damage in the building is largely due to smoke and/or water.

The Red Cross was on the scene to assist any residents who might be displaced.

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