A two-alarm fire caused extensive damage at a long time Omaha funeral home overnight. Firefighters responded to a call at Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak and Cutler Funeral Home at 78th and Center Street around 3:20 a.m. Fire crews saw heavy flames and black smoke on approach.
A second alarm was called more than an hour later to assist those already at the scene. There was a partial building collapse while firefighters were inside. Three firefighters were injured. One suffered a back injury during the collapse and the two others suffered fall injuries. A funeral home employee was also injured and transported to a hospital. All four injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
Fire officials say there may have been an explosion prior to the collapse. The blaze was declared under control at 6 a.m. but firefighters remain on the scene watching for hot spots. The cause is under investigation.