Cause of house fire under investigation

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - All nine family members transported to the hospital early Wednesday morning following a house fire have been released.

"I'm pretty worried about my cousins because they're all like ten and under and I don't know how they're going to take it just because they're not going to have a place to go back to for a while," said Jonathan Mendoza.

Fire crews responded to the house fire around 5:20 a.m. at 67th and Gladstone Street.

LFR said 13 people were inside the house and all got out. According to Mendoza 15 people were living there.

Mendoza said he feels relieved and just wants to spend time with his family.

"Comfort my family as much as I can and just be there for them," said Mendiza.

The house suffered extensive damage and is not livable. He said he hopes some of the family members are able to stay with him, if it gets too crowded some will likely stay in a hotel.

LFR said roughly $175,000 worth of damage was done. $100,000 of it was structural, and $75,000 was personal.

Fire Inspector Ken Hilger said the fire started in the family room in the basement of the home, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.