Family loses rental home near Hanscom Park to fire damage - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10:43 am / Updated at 5:13 pm
Family loses rental home near Hanscom Park to fire damage

A fire did extensive damage Saturday to a rented townhouse at 3716 Frances St. near Hanscom Park.

Nobody was injured, but the fire drove the occupants out into the cold after it was discovered about 9 a.m.

Omaha Battalion Chief Keith Main said the cause hadn’t been determined.

Amanda Youtsey, 20, who lives in the unit with her grandmother, said she heard popping sounds in the garage and opened an inside entrance to the garage to investigate.

Youtsey saw the fire and raced out with her grandmother, whom she would identify only as Frances. Youtsey said her sister’s fiance also spent the night there.

“The only thing I got out of there was my phone,” Youtsey said. “Everything just went up quickly.”

Youtsey’s mother, Sandra Zayas of Bellevue, said the family feared that the fire had completely destroyed the unit and contents.

The unit was charred and a 1990 Chevy pickup in the garage was burned and blackened.

Main said the fire damage in the garage was extensive, but smoke damage was the main problem in the living quarters.

He said 25 firefighters with 10 firetrucks responded. It took firefighters about 15 minutes to bring the fire under control. The Red Cross will assist the family, he said.

Youtsey said her grandmother has battled cancer, and symptoms indicate it might have returned. Her grandmother also has a damaged spine and uses a cane, Youtsey said. Her medications were lost in the fire, as was her cane.

Youtsey said her family would resolve to fight back. She said: “Time to rebuild our lives.”

Contact the writer: Rick Ruggles

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Rick covers health and medicine. He also occasionally covers cops, breaking news and events around town.

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