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Area Book and Furniture Store is a Complete Loss After an Overnight Fire

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Area Book and Furniture Store is a Complete Loss After an Overnight Fire

By Emily Szink. CREATED Apr 7, 2014

When the sun finally came up after this overnight fire, people were shocked to see just how extensive the damage was. 

“As I was sitting in the turn lane all I could say is oh my god, I couldn't believe it,” said Justin Hadan an employee at All Nations Book and Furniture Store.

Justin Hadan thought it was going to be just another Monday at work. But, when he pulled up to All Nations Book and Furniture Store Monday morning he was shocked to see a charred and semi-collapsed building; a building that used to house thousands of books, used furniture and hundreds of mattresses. 

"I just can't believe this happened. I'm showing up for work right now. He's got a truck coming in tomorrow and he just lost his whole life basically, this is everything he worked for and he just lost it,” said Hadan.

Just after 11 o’clock Sunday night firefighters responded to the fire. Massive flames and smoke spewed from the building. Part of a wall collapsed and the roof later fell forcing firefighters to attack the fire from the outside.

“Our primary concern initially was the safety of the firefighters and then we had exposures and buildings on three sides of this building with heavy fire involvement,” said Omaha Fire Chief Bernie Kanger.

Luckily firefighters were able to contain the fire. Employees of the Auto Parts shop next door were thankful to arrive to an untouched building.

“This morning when I thought it was our building, I'm like we're about to be out of a job, but we're very lucky it wasn’t,” said Auto Value employee Nick Fleuren.