Omaha home near 47th & J total loss after fire

BREAKING: Omaha fire crews battle house fire near 47th & J
Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 10:17 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Omaha fire crews were busy Thursday night at a home near 47th and J streets.

Omaha Fire Battalion 3 Chief Charlie Oborny arrived first on the scene where he said an extensive fire had grown through two sides and the roof of the house. The fire quickly consumed the structure and sparked a nearby truck.

Crews had the fire under control in roughly 20 minutes but an unpaved section of 47th Street was a concern for firefighters.

“This was a bit challenging for us,” Oborney said. “This is a downhill slope, kind of a dead-end area, very icy, all the water hydrants are up towards the top of the hill, so it [took] a bit more manpower, more houses to get the water down to this location.”

A salt truck was later called in to de-ice the steep roadway.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation.

Omaha Fire says the home and its contents valued at an estimated $89,900 are a total loss after the fire.