The Omaha Fire Department’s mobile command unit, which had been set up near the scene of the fire at 11th and Howard Streets, pulled out about 4 p.m. Tuesday, officials said Wednesday.

The Fire Department has handed over the building to the city’s Planning Department, which will check for structural damage and let fire investigators know when it’s safe enough for them to go back in to start trying to determine a cause of the fire.

The pumping of water from the basements of four Old Market businesses to the west of the M’s Pub building stopped at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Water from fire hoses directed at the M’s Pub structure fire and smoldering remnants ran into the basements of Stokes Grill and Bar, Billy Frogg’s, City Limits and the Tea Smith, Battalion Chief Tim McCaw said.

The pumped-out water was directed into a storm sewer on 12th Street to keep it from entering the underground electrical transformer vaults along the alley on the north side of the M’s Pub building, McCaw said.

Water remains in the M’s Pub basement, he said, and it will not be pumped out until the structure has been deemed safe to enter.

Billy Frogg’s dealt with more difficulties on Tuesday. McCaw said a sprinkler inside the restaurant ruptured, though the incident appeared to be unrelated to the M’s Pub fire.

At a press conference Monday, a fire official said he did not think temperatures forecast to reach the low 40s Wednesday and Thursday would melt ice coating the M’s Pub building too quickly. Melting too fast could cause problems.

The official said, however, that a fast spike in temperatures, into the 50s or above, would cause concern among those monitoring the M’s Pub building and the surrounding area.

Contact the writer: 402-444-3100, mobrien@owh.com

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