|Birth: ||Nov. 6, 1973|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 2006|
From the Omaha, NE. "World-Herald" Newspaper:
Asleep on a mattress on the floor, Lisa Bohbot awoke early today to the smell of smoke and the voice of her husband urging her to help their four children.
The last time she saw him, she said, Shawn Bohbot was forcing his way into the bedroom of his elderly father - the 80-year-old man he would die trying to save.
Shawn Bohbot, 32, and his father, Mennase Bohbot, were killed in the house fire near 42nd and Hanover Streets.
Lisa Bohbot said she thinks a space heater and a blanket started the fire.
She said she went down to the basement, where the children were sleeping, and forced open a window. "I yanked it off its hinges," Lisa Bohbot said.
Then she and her children - ages 13, 6, 5, and 1 - escaped through the window.
After they crawled out, Lisa Bohbot ran across a gravel road to a neighbor's house to call for help.
The emergency call came in at 4:40 a.m. When firefighters arrived at the house, at 7409 N. 42nd St., Lisa Bohbot met them in the street and told them she and her children had escaped, but her husband and father-in-law still were inside.
By that time, the entire house was nearly engulfed in flames.
One man was found inside the house right away, and the other was found after firefighters were able to get farther into the house. Both were dead.
The single-family, 760-square-foot home is in the Florence area of north Omaha in a hilly neighborhood with stretches of undeveloped and heavily wooded land. There are no paved roads or nearby fire hydrants.
"There's no water system here," said Battalion Chief Mark Ervin. "They are on a well system."
Firefighters used water from their firetrucks to make an initial attack. They quickly hooked together hoses from two trucks to reach a hydrant near 39th Street and Forest Lawn Avenue - about three blocks away, Ervin said.
What was left of the home this morning stood in blackened ruins. One wall had burned away, allowing bystanders to look straight through it to the other side.
Ervin said lack of a fire hydrant wasn't a major problem.
"It caused some delay, but not a great deal," he said.
The fire was brought under control within 45 to 50 minutes, Ervin said.
Hours after the fire started, Lisa Bohbot sat wrapped in a blanket at a neighbor's home, shivering and weeping as she recalled pulling her children to safety and losing her husband.
With all that had been lost, Lisa Bohbot cried joyfully when a neighbor brought her a small dog with wet, matted hair.
It was Muffin, one of the family dogs.
"Oh, what happened?" she said as she clutched the shaking dog to her chest. "I forgot all about you dogs."
Lisa Bohbot, 32, said she met her husband while she worked as a checker at ShopKo. One day, she said, he came in to shop.
"I stalked him around the store because I thought he was so cute," she said.
The next day, Shawn Bohbot returned and asked for her phone number. They married in 2002.
Mennase Bohbot lived with the family. Originally from Morocco, he had lived in the United States for many years and raised five children here, Lisa Bohbot said. He suffered from a mild form of Alzheimer's disease, she said.
The oldest of the children, 13-year-old Brittney, attends McMillan Magnet Center. Barbara Bohbot, 6, and sister Brandy, 5, are in first grade and kindergarten, respectively, at Florence Elementary School.
Principal Craig McGee of Florence Elementary said Barbara and Brandy are well behaved and delightful to have at the school. Brittney attended Florence when she was younger, he said.
The family, he said, is close knit. Brittney collects the younger girls from school, he said.
Guidance counselors were assessing the needs of students. Teachers at both schools are discussing relief efforts for the Bohbots.
"We'll certainly do our best to help the family," said Principal Keith Bigsby of McMillan.
Fire investigators spent time today poking through and photographing the smoldering rubble. Less than 10 feet away, play equipment, including a tire swing and a slide going into a horse tank, remained undamaged in the yard.
The development in which the house sits is not connected to Metropolitan Utilities District water or gas lines, said Tracey Christensen, an MUD spokeswoman.
There are other pockets of the city not connected to MUD lines, but it is uncommon, she said. It's up to developers to seek MUD service, she said.
Fire hydrants typically are placed every 600 feet in areas served by MUD, she said.
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