An early morning house fire claims the life of the Lincoln resident.
Assistant Fire Chief Pat Borer says the fire had a significant head start before they were notified with flames coming from the roof as they arrived.
“Because it had compromised the integrity of the structure, we pulled everyone out to evaluate whether the building was going to collapse or not,” Borer tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “Once we made that determination, we were able to continue to extinguish the fire. But it had a head start on us and when that happens, it’s not good.”
Borer says they were aware early on that one person was inside the home.
“It’s not like the movies where people just walk into fire and move about, we’re not able to do that in real life,” he says. “Our protective clothing will burn. It keeps us safe to a degree, so when a fire has a significant head start and there’s an enormous amount of heat in the building, it prevents us from going inside.”
An autopsy is being performed and fire officials continue investigating the cause of the fire.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.