UPDATE: LFR rescues one person from two-alarm apartment fire

The scene of a two-alarm apartment fire at the Villa Apartments near 70th & Ammon, very early...
The scene of a two-alarm apartment fire at the Villa Apartments near 70th & Ammon, very early Tuesday morning.(Ryan Swanigan (KOLN))
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 1:44 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2022 at 5:23 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln Fire & Rescue says one person was rescued from a two-alarm apartment fire in northeast Lincoln very early Tuesday morning.

The call came in around 12:45 a.m. at the Villa Apartments near 70th & Ammon Avenue. Battalion Chief Jeremy Gegg tells 10/11 NOW crews were called to the scene on a report of a balcony on fire. Crews that arrived on the scene first had a third-floor balcony completely on fire, and began working to extinguish the flames from the outside.

Gegg says more crews arrived and went inside the apartment where the fire was. Once inside, Gegg says that’s when they found someone inside. Firefighters rescued that person from the apartment, and ended up transporting that person to a Lincoln hospital. Gegg says that person’s injuries do no appear to be life-threatening.

Lincoln Police had 70th shut down from Adams to Huntington for a couple hours during the incident.

Chief Gegg says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, he did say the blaze caused around $10,000 in damage. Gegg added that the fire could’ve been much worse, had crews not been sent to the scene when they were.

The rescue of the person in this fire was the second rescue for LFR in less than 12 hours. Late Monday afternoon, crews rescued one person from a house fire near 12th & Irving Streets.

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