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Smoke from vacant house fire drifts into downtown Omaha

Smoke from vacant house fire drifts into downtown Omaha

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Firefighters battled a stubborn house fire in South Omaha early Thursday that cast a pall of smoke over the downtown area.

The fire was reported about 2:45 a.m. at the vacant home near 14th and Hickory Streets.

No injuries were reported, Douglas County dispatchers said.

A very slight breeze apparently pushed smoke from the fire north into downtown. That smoke may have been heavy enough to set off smoke alarms in a building at 10th and Douglas Streets around 3:15 a.m.

Alarms at neighboring homes also were tripped by the thick smoke.

Later Thursday morning, firefighters were called back to the home when the fire reignited.

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