On Friday, May 13th at approximately 12:10 pm, dispatch called for assistance at a structure fire northeast of Broken Bow on road 445. A shop building was reported to be up in flames.
Winds blew towards the south, where crews could be seen diligently applying water to other nearby structures, including the home of the property owner, to avoid the fire spreading. Multiple trucks made trips back to Broken Bow to continue supplying water until the flames were under control.
Crews stayed on scene until about 4:30 until the fire was well under control. The fire is alleged to have been caused by the property owner who was burning weeds in a corral without a permit. The state fire marshal is investigating the fire and no citations have been issued at this time.
No injuries were reported. Tractors, vehicles, and other shop equipment including the shop housing them were lost in the fire.
Fire departments responding to the fire were Broken Bow, Merna, Ansley, and Sargent. The Custer County Sheriff’s Office, Custer County Emergency Management, and Custer Public Power District also assisted.