Six Hurt In Apartment Fire Near Downtown Lincoln

LINCOLN -- Still not sure yet what started a two-alarm fire early Wednesday at a 9-plex apartment building about a block west of Lincoln High School.  A police officer happened to be in neighborhood around 20th and "J" about 3:30am and saw a resident outside of one of the apartments in distress.  The officer saw a red glow and quickly saw flames shoot out of a window.  LFR Battalion Chief Derald Murrell says the fire originated somewhere on the ground-level, then quickly spread to the second and third floors, occupying the only way out through the front of the building.  He says they got ladders out and did what he called vent, enter and search, where they rescued people hanging out of windows.  Six people, including two firefighters, were hurt.  Murrell says both firefighters suffered minor injuries, one of them had a back injury.  The other had burns around his ears.  Murrell says didn't know the condition of the four residents that were taken to the hospital.   The Red Cross is helping with temporary relocation for all the residents. 


Overhaul work continued for Lincoln Fire and Rescue after a fire damaged an apartment building at 2015 "J" Street early Wednesday morning. (Jeff Motz/KFOR News)

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