A South Omaha house that sustained extensive damage in a fire Thursday afternoon re-ignited early Friday, drawing firefighters who had struggled in the heat and difficult conditions against the initial stubborn blaze.
Firefighters were back on the scene at 424 Center St. about 3:45 a.m. Friday. They reported upon arrival that the house was fully engulfed.
About two hours later, firefighters were still at work, attempting to douse hotspots in the house and in its addition to the north.
About 6 a.m., a firefighter reported to 911 emergency dispatchers: “The main body of fire has been knocked out at this time.''
The smell of smoke could be picked up as far north as TD Ameritrade Park near 12th and Cuming Streets just north of downtown.
Thursday, 90-degree temperatures and thick undergrowth surrounding the home forced firefighters to take breaks while battling the blaze, with one firefighter taking an IV in his arm and many others stripping off their heavy gear and cooling off under shade trees.
No injuries were reported in either blaze at the home.
Firefighters said that a cause for the blaze had not been determined.
Capt. James McCaw of the Omaha Fire Department said that the location of the home on a steep hill and the overgrowth of vegetation made the fires more difficult than usual to fight. He also said some crews responded to both fires and other crews were called in as relief.
Also Thursday, firefighters were sent to a blaze at the Villa Estates mobile home complex near 63rd and Grover Streets. The unidentified mother and son who share the residence were not home. However, the family's dog was there, and it was rescued.
Battalion Chief Kevin Laughlin said the residents were displaced.
“The fire was underneath the structure somehow and obviously got up into the building, and it looks like a total loss,” he said.
Because of the amount of debris cluttering the home, it could take a couple of days to determine the fire's cause, Laughlin said.
No firefighters or civilians were injured.