LINCOLN, Neb. -- There were tense moments as Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews arrived at a burning apartment complex to find some residents still trapped inside. The early morning fire left several people with injuries and many others displaced.
Just after 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, Lincoln Police Sergeant Thomas Ward was driving by the apartment at 2015 J Street and noticed a man walking outside, looking distressed. That's when Sergeant Ward noticed a red glow and smoke coming from the apartment complex. Ward called Lincoln Fire and Rescue and began pounding on doors, trying to alert residents.
As more LPD officers arrived, they threw rocks at windows on the second and third floors trying to alert residents of the flames that were beginning to engulf the building.
When Lincoln Fire and Rescue crews arrived the apartment was fully involved.
"A very extensive fire, when the first two companies arrived on scene there was a massive amount of smoke and massive amounts of fire coming out of the 'J' Street side of this structure from the garden level, second floor level moving up," said Battalion Chief Brad Thavenet.
When crews arrived they acted quickly to help people still trapped inside of the burning building.
"As you can imagine, it's the middle of the night, all the occupants or most of them were at home. So we had quite a few individuals who had self-evacuated as well as multiple individuals that were on the third and second floor that were trying to egress out of the windows," said Thavenet.
He said first arriving crews immediately went into "rescue mode" helping trapped people out of balconies and windows.
10/11 News crews were on the scene as four people were transported to local hospitals for smoke inhalation and burns. Thavenet said most of their injuries are minor. Two firefighters also had minor injuries.
The Red Cross is helping those who will be displaced.
Fire Investigators say the cause was a microwave.