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Nearly $50,000 in damages reported following a two-alarm garage fire in Near South neighborhood Thursday evening

LINCOLN, Nebraska – A two-alarm garage fire is being investigated by Lincoln Fire & Rescue in the Near South area.

At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, flames could be seen shooting from a garage near the intersection of 16th and Rose Streets.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but according to Battalion Chief Jim Bopp, the garage sustained $50,000 in damages. Additionally, two vehicles were damaged, although according to Chief Bopp, it is uncertain whether they are total losses. The entire amount of damage is unknown, as authorities are still determining how much of the garage’s contents were destroyed.

Firefighters work to put out a two-alarm garage fire near 16th and Rose Thursday evening.(Ryan Swanigan ()

There have been no reported injuries. Bopp stated that the cause appeared to be a malfunction on a resident’s motor scooter. Bopp stated that following the malfunction, there was a gas leak, which somehow sparked the fire.

Fire destroyed a garage near 16th and Rose Streets around 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
Fire destroyed a garage near 16th and Rose Streets around 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

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