BEATRICE – Several people were displaced from their home following a Saturday night fire at 5th and High Streets, in Beatrice.
A fire started in the upper floor of the two-story home, located on the northwest corner of the intersection, not far from the Beatrice School Administration Building.
:14 “knockdown on that”
Beatrice Fire Captain Craig Fisher says the fire extended into the attic of the home. Firefighters were opening up the roof with another crew below the attic to get at the flames in the upper reaches of the building.
:05 “at this point”
Firefighters were called to the home at around seven thirty, Saturday night, as a heat advisory remained in place….and the temperature was still above 90 degrees. Fisher says precautions were being taken to keep firefighters from being affected by heat illness.
:16 “short work cycles”
Additional help was summoned from the Beatrice Rural Fire Department. Fisher says the cause of the fire is under investigation. The department summoned an outside investigator to help pinpoint what triggered the fire.
:09 “on the way”
Police blocked off Fifth Street and High Street around the scene while two fire pumpers, an ambulance and an aerial truck were there. Fire officials hooked to a hydrant off the northwest corner of the intersection.
Firefighters remained on scene past ten p.m.