Smoking Believed to Have Started Downtown Lincoln Apartment Fire

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- A cigarette is believed to be the cause of an apartment fire at 12th and O Street in downtown Lincoln.

The initial call came out 2:49 p.m. and shortly after the first crew arrived, they called in a second alarm requesting more crews.

Lincoln Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief Leo Benes told 10/11 the fire started on the roof and as a precaution crews evacuated the top floor.

Crews went inside and aggressively put out fire. Benes said the wind made it tough to contain the fire initially.

According to Chief Benes, there was significant water damage to the roof and the top floor of the building. Early estimates are in excess of $20,000 in damage.

Benes said once the fire was contained crews began working to make sure all embers left from the fire were out.

The Fire Inspector believes the fire started with a cigarette or possibly one which was not extinguished properly.

10/11 spoke with a woman who was evacuated and she said around six other tenants were evacuated from the building. Some of the residents will have to be relocated.