56-year-old Thomas Luzum died in the fire, according to Saline County authorities.
Firefighters found Luzum’s body in a bedroom of a ground-level apartment where the fire is believed to have begun.
Fire officials say everyone escaped the building, except for Luzum. Firefighters got the blaze under control within 15 minutes. Flames flared up one wall a bit later and they had to call backup crews to help extinguish it.
Total damage to the 16-unit apartment complex is estimated at $100,000.
An investigation by the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office is underway.