An Omaha family is lucky to be alive after fire severely damaged their home near 120th and Miami Streets around 7 this morning. Omaha Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim McCaw says four people were inside the home. He says a neighbor alerted the occupants of the fire and all made it out safely. One person was transported to a hospital for smoke inhalation. That quick action likely saved all four inside.
McCaw says, “You are talking seconds. That can mean the difference between life and death especially with smoke inhalation. The thing to remember is that most people don’t succumb to flames but to smoke so the faster you can get alerted through a neighbor, a smoke detector, time is of the essence.”
Two firefighters were also injured battling the blaze. McCaw says one firefighter twisted his ankle while fighting the fire inside. Another firefighter went down while fighting the fire outside. He says they were able to get his coat off and sit him up and he was feeling better. He was taken to a hospital for treatment for heat exhaustion.
The fire started inside the garage area and spread to inside the house. The flames also damaged the exterior of a neighbor’s home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.