Residents evacuated as firefighters battle three alarm fire chemical fire near downtown Omaha

Residents evacuated as firefighters battle three alarm fire chemical fire near downtown Omaha

Residents just southwest of downtown Omaha were evacuated as fire raged through a chemical company near 20th and Center Monday night.Thick, black smoke billowed from the Nox Crete facility and Omaha firefighters estimated it would be hours before the fire could be controlled.An alert just before 9:00 pm urged the evacuation of those between 13th and 20th, Leavenworth to Martha. Those living nearby were initially encouraged to shelter in place. Those who could not evacuate were urged to stay inside with the windows closed. The 13th Street Little Bohemia district shut down. As of 10:00 pm Monday, no injuries had been reported in the three-alarm fire. The first call for help came at 6:53 pm according to Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick. Fitzpatrick said firefighters first struggled to access the fire, then realized it was bigger than they thought. Fire crews pulled back knowing there were chemicals and propane bottles on site.Explosions could be seen between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm as part of the building collapsed and ruptured the propane containers.OFD estimated around 50 firefighters were on sight with aerial units pouring water on the site.Nox Crete manufactures a variety of products, including form coating and deactivator, liquid floor hardeners, joint fillers, curing and sealing compounds and water repellents according to its website.Pottawattamie County Emergency Management advised the smoke posed no toxicity risks for residents in Council Bluffs. OFD had advised that protective measures extended east only to 13th Street in Omaha. As of 10:30 pm, OPPD reported 2,476 customers were without electricity in the neighborhoods near the fire scene at 20th & Center.

Residents just southwest of downtown Omaha were evacuated as fire raged through a chemical company near 20th and Center Monday night.

Thick, black smoke billowed from the Nox Crete facility and Omaha firefighters estimated it would be hours before the fire could be controlled.

An alert just before 9:00 pm urged the evacuation of those between 13th and 20th, Leavenworth to Martha. Those living nearby were initially encouraged to shelter in place. Those who could not evacuate were urged to stay inside with the windows closed.

The Columbus Community Center was opened at 1523 South 24th for evacuees who needed a place to stay.

The 13th Street Little Bohemia district shut down.

As of 10:00 pm Monday, no injuries had been reported in the three-alarm fire.

The first call for help came at 6:53 pm according to Battalion Chief Scott Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick said firefighters first struggled to access the fire, then realized it was bigger than they thought. Fire crews pulled back knowing there were chemicals and propane bottles on site.

Explosions could be seen between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm as part of the building collapsed and ruptured the propane containers.

OFD estimated around 50 firefighters were on sight with aerial units pouring water on the site.

Nox Crete manufactures a variety of products, including form coating and deactivator, liquid floor hardeners, joint fillers, curing and sealing compounds and water repellents according to its website.

Pottawattamie County Emergency Management advised the smoke posed no toxicity risks for residents in Council Bluffs. OFD had advised that protective measures extended east only to 13th Street in Omaha.

As of 10:30 pm, OPPD reported 2,476 customers were without electricity in the neighborhoods near the fire scene at 20th & Center.

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