Mayor Chris Beutler today said "O" Street between 9th and 10th streets will remain closed for at least another two weeks. The street has been closed since December 12 when a major fire destroyed a building on that block. The Mayor said the affected building remains unstable.
"Public safety remains our top priority as we deal with the demolition and clean up," said Beutler. "The street will not be reopened until the area can be deemed safe. I want to thank the public for changing their routines and finding alternate routes to avoid this site. We ask for patience as we continue to deal with this dangerous situation."
The Mayor commended Lincoln Fire and Rescue for not just controlling the fire, but also keeping the firefighters safe in a dangerous situation. He said the instability of the building also has kept investigators from safely entering the building to look into the cause of the fire.
Belfor, a property restoration company, is in charge of the demolition. Brent Mencke, the General Manager of Belfor's Omaha office, said the burned building will need to be taken down in a controlled manner because it is connected to other buildings. That will require a great deal of preparation to prevent injury to workers and damage to the remaining buildings.