UPDATE: Old Mill-area apartment fire damages 24 units

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Crews were battling a fire at an apartment complex near the Old Mill area in Omaha around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

A two-alarm fire broke out at Kensington Woods Apartments in the Old Mill area in Omaha on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 17, 2019. (Omaha Fire Department)

The cause of the fire was ruled accidental due to improperly disposed of smoking materials, according to a release from the Omaha Fire Department.

Black smoke was seen coming from the Kensington Woods Apartments, near 108th and Hamilton Plaza, just west of Interstate 680 between Dodge and Blondo.

Fire crews tell 6 News that at least 24 units were damaged or destroyed and it started on the third floor.

The Red Cross was on scene to assist with 50 people who are displaced, according to the release.

Omaha Fire tweeted at 5:51 p.m. that crews were still working the two-alarm fire scene, saying: "Please avoid the area."

"We will be here for awhile putting out hot spots, and probably on scene most of the night doing that as well," said Battalion Chief, Scott Fitzpatrick.

As far as we know, there have been no reported injuries.

James Williams moved into his apartment two weeks ago. His belongings are gone but his wife is safe.

"My wife flew down today and she's the one that called me and told me it burned down," said Williams.

This is a developing story. Stay with 6 News for updates.


Fire broke out at Thursday afternoon at Kensington Woods Apartments in the Old Mill area. (Photos courtesy of Omaha Fire Department)