Omaha firefighters had a problem when they arrived at the Union Pacific Railroad building downtown at 2:00 am Wednesday morning. Omaha Battalion Chief Dan Olsen says flames were coming from a sign outside the building. Firefighters were not able to reach the sign as the building is a high-rise and their ladders couldn’t reach to the 19th floor.
Chief Olsen says, “It is an eye opener when you pull up to a 19 story building and see flames from basically the top floor but we train for these events.”
Officials with Union Pacific helped firefighters remove a panel and they were able to reach the flames with fire extinguishers. Besides a little smoke there is no damage to the building. Employees that were evacuated were allowed back inside the building a short time later. No one was hurt.