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UPDATE: LFR Investigation Determines Cause of Fire to be Hot Ashes

LINCOLN–(KFOR News Sept. 13)–Plumes of smoke could be seen from just a few blocks away, as Lincoln firefighters were responding to a fire call in a southeast Lincoln neighborhood late Friday morning.

LFR Battalion Chief Bob Watton told KFOR News he could see the smoke from 78th and Old Cheney Road area, as he was heading to the scene in the 8100 block of Lea Rae Place.

“Engine 12 reported smoke from further north,” Watton added.

According to Watton, there were flames on the east side of the house and the heat from the fire did break out some windows.

The fire stayed on the exterior, but never got inside.  Smoke did linger inside.

No one was hurt.

UPDATE: Lincoln Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Nancy Crist revealed Friday afternoon that the cause of the fire was a cardboard box full of hot ashes near a fence. The ashes caught the box, then the fence, and the fire spread to the home shortly after.

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