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Omaha firefighters needed more than 90 minutes to extinguish a stubborn house fire Monday near 35th and Jackson Streets.
Battalion Chief John McCormick said the fire was reported about 1:20 p.m. and declared under control about 3 p.m. The five adults who lived in the house escaped unhurt, he said.
“We had a hard time putting it out,” McCormick said. “The fire started on the back porch and then went up into the attic. There were a lot of crawl spaces for it to spread.”
Firefighters heard two small explosions inside the house. McCormick said they could have been caused by a number of things, including cans of spray paint.
The house appeared to be destroyed, McCormick said.
Neighbors said two of the tenants were trying to fight the fire with a garden hose when firefighters arrived. Extra firefighters were called to the scene because of how long it took to control the blaze.
“It was the equivalent of a two-alarm fire, because our guys were getting beat up pretty hard,” McCormick said. “For a house fire, it was very difficult.”
Fire investigators were called in to determine the cause.
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