LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Fire and Rescue said the cause of a fire at the Terminal building in downtown Lincoln is still under investigation.
LFR said no civilians were hurt as a result of the fire, but one firefighter was taken to the hospital with unspecified injuries. The injured Firefighter was released from the hospital Monday evening.
The fire broke out just before 6 a.m. Monday on the 8th floor of the north side of the building.
The 8th floor is taken up by Legal Aid of Nebraska, who told 10/11 most of the damage is on the east side of the floor.
"To see our local office just be destroyed is just a terrible thing," said Milo Mumgaard, Executive Director for Legal Aid of Nebraska.
Multiple fire crews responded and got the blaze under control.
LFR said some firefighters did get trapped in an elevator but were able to make it out.
Due to the fire, there was only one working elevator, and crews had to carry gear up 8 flights of stairs.
LFR said nobody was inside the offices impacted by the fire due to the President's Day holiday.
However, a group of subcontractors said they were still planning on working in the building today, until they drove up and saw a lot of damage done to the building.
"We drove up and saw the windows scorched out, and I knew it wasn't good," said Justin Wilkins, Omaha Subcontractor.
The group of subcontractors said they saw inches of water damage done to the floors they've been working on for the last four months.
"We were worried about our tools and the actual damage done to all our products," said Wilkins.
City officials said O Street reopened Monday evening and all lanes are open on 9th and 10th streets.
The two west lanes of 10th Street are also closed from N to O streets.
The Department of Insurance offices located in the Terminal Building are also temporarily closed as a result of the fire.
A temporary location is currently being established in the lower level of the Nebraska State Office Building, 301 Centennial Mall South.
Customers should call 402-471-2201 or visit doi.nebraska.gov for additional assistance.