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LINCOLN–(KFOR Apr. 23)–A three-alarm fire Monday afternoon broke out inside a north Lincoln auto dealership and repair shop, sending clouds of smoke into the sky and the strong south winds driving the fire across the building.

LFR crews were called to the area near 23rd and Cornhusker and when they arrived, firefighters found smoke coming from the building of Lincoln Cars. There was a report of an explosion or popping sound and smoke, according to LFR. The winds continued to fan the fire through open garage doors and it prompted LFR to fight the fire defensively.

Parts of the building, including the roof and west wall collapsed. One nearby business suffered smoke and heat damage. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and the total damage is worth $650,000.


4PM Tuesday

LINCOLN–(KFOR Apr. 22)–Lincoln Firefighters have been battling a large fire at a business in north Lincoln that broke out shortly after 2:30pm Monday.

According to LFR, crews had to fight the fire defensively, which led to a second-alarm response.  There were reports of everyone being out of the building after the fire started.  Traffic has been shut down on Cornhusker between 14th and 23rd Streets.  The fire also spread from the front to the back of the building.

Lincoln Firefighters work to put out a large fire Monday, April 22, 2024 at a business near 20th and Cornhusker. (Courtesy of Lincoln Fire and Rescue)

Fire crews are only protecting the exposures for now because of the strong winds.

LFR spokesperson MJ Lierman told reporters at the scene there was a report of a popping noise with smoke before the fire quickly spread.

As of 4pm Monday, motorists are encouraged to avoid the area.

This is a developing story.  Stay with KFOR FM101.5/1240AM and for the latest information.