Clean-up continues at the nation’s largest home furnishings store with $30 million of inventory after Sunday’s fire at the Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha.
Fire crews were sent to the facility at 402 Rose Blumkin Drive around 7 a.m. to a warehouse that stores flooring materials such as tile, carpet, and wood. The automatic sprinklers had turned on. Fire crews noticed smoke inside the warehouse and determined wood pallets were on fire. It took about 40 minutes to contain the fire.
Spokesperson Rebecca Ritterbush says the warehouse remains closed but the other stores were open for business as usual. Ritterbush says, “The flooring warehouse will remain closed until further notice but all retail operations and the main warehouse for furniture, appliances and electronics are open for regular business hours. We are a large company and have plans in place to move business forward if things like this happen.”
Ritterbush says they continue to evaluate the damage and they are working with insurance companies on the damage portion of the fire. She says they have had several meetings as to where they will store the new materials coming in to the warehouse area.
The cause is not known. According to reports from the Omaha Fire Department the building is worth nearly $7-million and there was about $500-thousand in damage.
The contents are valued at $30-million and the estimated dollar loss is around $1-million.