Fire News Release

    On the afternoon of 1/13/2017 a fire suddenly erupted at the Sons of Italy Hall located at 1238 S. 10th St in Omaha, Nebraska. This was a two alarm fire and was rapidly brought under control by the Omaha Fire Department. There was extensive internal damage to the structure which is owned by the State Lodge of Nebraska, the State affiliate of the National Order Sons of Italy in America. The National Order was founded in 1905 and is the oldest and largest fraternal organization that represents the interest of Americans of Italian origin.

    The cause of the fire has been investigated by the Omaha Fire Marshal and the Columbia Insurance Group Investigator. It has been determined that the fire originated in the hall’s kitchen and was caused by spontaneous combustion. This was the result of the buildup of flammable material in the microfibers of the towels that are used for cleanup. There was no evidence of arson or criminal intent. This investigation is now complete and the case is closed.

   The leadership of the State Lodge is uniformly committed to rebuild the Hall at its current location. The rebuild project will be overseen by the State Council which is the governing body of the State Lodge. The State Council consists of the officers that were elected by the membership at its Biennial State Convention. Input will sought by both reconstruction experts and members. The final product will be a beautiful new Sons of Italy Hall of which both the members and the community will be proud.