Lincoln Fire and Rescue officials say the fire early Wednesday at a home near Tierra Park was caused by two gasoline tanks being too close to a kerosene heater in the garage.
Capt. Nancy Crist said the fire caused an estimated $295,000 in damage to the home, its contents and a Dodge Ram pickup in the garage.
Lincoln firefighters were called to the 5400 block of Sugarberry Court — southeast of 27th and Nebraska 2 — at 7:20 a.m. and found heavy flames engulfing the front of the house.
Firefighters were able to put the flames out quickly and determined the fire likely started in the attached garage, Crist said. A door between the garage and house had been left open, so the house suffered smoke and fire damage, too.
The only occupant had made it out of the house and was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The program will serve as a kind of middle ground for people who don’t need the support of drug courts but whose criminal histories would make them ineligible for general pretrial diversion, said County Attorney Pat Condon.
Witnesses told police they heard gunshots and saw a man yelling and walking east on Sheridan at 27th. Officers found the man, asked him to put his hands up, but he refused and kept walking, a hand in his pocket, Officer Erin Spilker said.