Centennial Towers Re-open After Major Fire

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Centennial Tower High-rise fire

Grand Island, NE -- Seven months after the deadly Centennial Towers fire, tenants are allowed to move back into the high-rise.  

On November 7, 2015, a tenant on an oxygen machine "carelessly discarded a cigarette," as stated in the fire marshal report, and it ignited a fire that started on the ninth floor.  Sarah Both, a 63 year old woman who lived on the ninth floor was killed in the fire.  She pushed out her air conditioning unit and either fell or jumped to avoid the fire.  Tenants who had already escaped the fire watched in horror as she fell.

"This was a horrible tragedy and obviously we wish something like this would have never happened," said Hall County Housing Authority Director Rick Ruzicka.

The fire caused $250,000 in damages to 12 apartment units.  The tenants on the ninth floor had to move out until June 1, when the remodel was completed and fire sprinklers were installed.

Read the full story here. 

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