Firefighters Battle Blaze In Downtown Plattsmouth

Plattsmouth, NE - More than 50 firefighters from Plattsmouth, Bellevue, Murray, Ralston, La Vista, Omaha, Louisville and Offutt Air Force Base continue to fight a massive fire in downtown Plattsmouth Friday morning.

It's believed the flames started inside a wall of the Quart House Pub at the corner of 4th and Main around 11 p.m. Thursday and quickly spread.

Four businesses and apartments above one of the businesses were destroyed.

No serious injuries have been reported.

One of the walls of the historic structure collapsed around 2 a.m. “It's gonna be in the 1800s when it was built, don't know if it was under the historical registry," said Plattsmouth Fire Chief Mike Wilson. “We did have one female occupant in the apartment complex up above the bar here. Got her checked out, she's been treated and released.”

As crews worked to extinguish the flames in the bitter cold, water froze almost immediately, posing a hazard for firefighters, who worry water could freeze inside the hoses before it can douse the flames.

The National Weather Service says Plattsmouth temperatures hovered around zero with wind chills reaching -14 degrees.

“We've been putting down a lot of oil dry to keep the lines clear and keep the water from freezing on us,” said Chief Wilson.

“Nebraska state fire marshal is on the scene with us, he's been here for about the past hour and once we've got everything extinguished he'll start his investigation.”