Residents Displaced Following Early Morning House FIre

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Two people need to be relocated after a house fire early Monday morning.

Just after 2 a.m. Monday, crews were called to the 300 block of E Street for a house fire. The initial reports were that there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the house.

According to Acting Battalion Chief Jim Bopp, crews arrived to find heavy smoke and flames on the east side of the house which threatened the home next door. Crews quickly confirmed all the residents had already evacuated.

A second alarm was called for the fire, due to the possibility of fire extending next door. Bopp said because of the proximity of the house next door, crews had the neighbors evacuated in case the flames ignited that house too.

Fire damaged the basement, main floor and extended into the attic, making it difficult for crews to get inside and to the active fire. The defensive fire attack turned offensive according to Bopp, once crews were able to insure there was solid structure to support firefighters who entered the residence or accessed the roof.

Neighbors reported one of the occupants had escaped with a pit bull, but told 10/11 News there was a small dog and a snake left inside.

Bopp said they are still trying to contact the other occupant who was not home at the time.

There were no injuries reported and the Lincoln Fire Inspector is working to determine the cause of the fire.