An Omaha homeowner is among four people charged with felonies in connection with a suspicious house fire on Christmas Day in 2017.
A 64-year-old woman, who is listed as the owner of the north Omaha home, was charged with attempt to defraud an insurance company of more than $5,000, according to Omaha fire officials. A 39-year-old woman was charged with second-degree arson, burning to defraud an insurer, burglary and insurance fraud.
A 39-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were each charged with second-degree arson, burning to defraud an insurer and burglary. Preliminary hearings have been set for all four individuals to decide whether they will stand trial in Douglas County District Court.
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Firefighters were called to a home near 14th Street and Grand Avenue shortly after 2 a.m. on Dec. 25, 2017. They found smoke billowing from the basement of the one-story structure.
Investigators located multiple points of origin for the fire and determined it was incendiary in nature.
The house was valued for tax purposes at $20,200 in 2017 and is now valued at $45,500, according to the Douglas County Assessor’s Office.
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During the overnight hours of Feb. 8-9, 1933, seven firefighters died battling a blaze at Omaha’s Millard Hotel, where the Holland Center now stands.
A World-Herald photographer took this image as firemen toppled one of the walls of the Millard Hotel in 1933.
A view of the northwest corner, or rear, of the Millard Hotel in the wake of a fire on Feb. 8 and 9, 1933. Five Omaha firefighters — Captain Ed Schmidt, Captain Thomas Shandy, and firemen George Brandt, John Cogan and Franklin Kane — were killed when the north wall collapsed. Another two died later when the building’s roof collapsed.
This photo was taken just after Captain George Cogan was rescued from his icy cell in the basement of the Millard Hotel. He is being laid on a hospital stretcher by rescuers.
The front of the barber shop in the Millard Hotel can be seen after a fire was extinguished in the morning hours on Feb. 9, 1933. Seven people died while battling the blaze.
Investigating the Millard Hotel fire ruins were, from left to right, County Attorney Henry Beal; W.S. Cameron of the National Inspection Co., Chicago; Detective Inspector Danbaum and Police Sergeant Brigham.
The ice-caked Millard Hotel after a February 1933 fire was brought under control. Seven firemen were killed in the deadliest fire disasters in Omaha history.
Notes taken by fire inspector Clarence Urban before he was killed by collapsing floors during the Millard Hotel fire. The notes were retrieved from his body.
The casket bearing the remains of John Cogan, who was among seven firefighters killed battling the Millard Hotel fire, is carried into St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 24th Street and Poppleton Avenue.
John Glesinger takes a break and throws Ronan Towey, 4, in the air as they arrange chairs at the Firefighters Union Hall in Omaha. Memorial Day began as a way to commemorate the sacrifices of those who died serving in the military, but it has grown to include remembrances of first responders.
The names of the 57 Omaha firefighters who have died in the line of duty are displayed at the Firefighters Union Hall in Omaha. Their stories are sobering reminders of the dangers that first responders face.
Photos of historic fires and firefighters, including John Wilcox, top center, who died in the line of duty. The photos are on display at the Firefighters Union Hall in Omaha.
At the Firefighters Union Hall in Omaha, a list is dedicated to the 57 firefighters who died in the line of duty or from work-related illnesses.
A photo of the late Cpt. Laura M. Larson, who died in 2014 from job-related cancer.
John Glesinger pushes Ronan Towey, 4, as they arrange chairs at the Firefighters Union Hall in Omaha.
Photos of fallen firefighters adorn the walls at the Firefighters Union Hall in Omaha.
The 12-foot, bronze Omaha Fallen Firefighters Memorial, at Lewis & Clark Landing, was unveiled in 2009. It was designed by sculptor Matthew Placzek.