Lincoln Racquet Club Reopens After Fire

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The Lincoln Racquet Club opened at 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, after an electrical fire Tuesday night.

Colleen Granger is in charge of children at the club.

"The first thing that went through my head was, were all the children out?"

Granger was worried for the kids and the people inside the health club when fire alarms went off just after 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

Todd Mosser, owner of the club said the fire started at a busy time and he's glad everyone is safe.

Lincoln Fire and Rescue said 50-60 people had to evacuate the building.

It took crews about 20 minutes to put out the fire. LFR said they saw the fire was 30 or 40 feet in the air by the time they got there, which is why they had to use an aerial crane; they were also nervous that smoke inhalation could have been hazardous for people in the gym.

Mosser said an electrical fire started when a transformer in the neon sign malfunctioned. Since the damage is only in the gym, Mosser said everything will run like normal.

"It won't affect business at all," said Mosser. "Because the health club and the tennis center is open."

He said volleyball, rental space, and open gym basketball will be affected for at least six weeks until crews can fix the gym.