Fireworks blamed for blaze at townhouse complex in northwest Lincoln | Crime and courts

Fireworks are blamed for starting a fire at a townhouse complex in northwest Lincoln on Wednesday night, according to Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

Crews responded to the fire in the Belmont neighborhood around 9 p.m. in a row of six townhouses north of Seventh and Benton streets.

The Lincoln Police Department said neighbors heard a loud bang and then saw smoke billowing from one of the townhouses. Battalion Chief Jeremy Gegg said the fire started in a townhouse in the middle and spread to three others.

According to Gegg, the windy conditions caused the flames to spread through the structure and along the cladding. He credited first responders with bringing the blaze under control.

No residents were injured, but one cat died.

The fire caused extensive damage to the exterior and interior of the structure of the houses. Some residents will be moved for a short time, while others will be moved for a longer period.

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According to Gegg, the damage estimate was $375,000; $275,000 for the structure and $150,000 for the contents inside the houses.

Although the cause has been determined, he said the investigation is ongoing.

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