Investigators Work to Determine What Started Fire in an Abandoned House

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Lincoln Fire Inspectors are working to determine what started a fire in an abandoned house.

Around 11:30 p.m. Monday a passerby called 911 to report smoke coming from a house in the 200 block of North 22nd Street. While on the phone, the caller said they could see flames inside too.

According to Battalion Chief Brad Thavenet, crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the house.

Emergency crews searched the house and did not find anyone inside.

Thavenet said it appears several transients were living inside and that whoever was inside was likely responsible for starting the fire.

The fire was contained to just a couple of rooms in the back of the house and there was no structural damage due to the fire.

Fire Inspectors were called to the scene and are working to determine what the actual cause was.

Anyone with information about who was staying in the abandoned home should call Lincoln Crimestoppers at 402-475-3600.