Residents Escape Fire Thanks to Smoke Detector

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A Lincoln Fire Inspector says the cause of a kitchen fire is quite unusual.

Just after midnight Sunday morning, fire crews were called to a house fire in the 3200 block of Hitchcock.

According to Captain Jim Bopp, crews arrived to see smoke coming from the house and people on the roof.

Lincoln Fire Inspector, Ken Hilger, says he believes a resident was smoking outside when a hot ember got into his coat. When the man went back in, he placed the coat on a kitchen chair before going upstairs.

Hilger said the smoke detector alerted residents who called 911. When they saw smoke downstairs, they went outside on the roof and waited for the fire department.

Hilger says damage was limited to the kitchen and total damages are about $2,000.