BEATRICE – Two occupants were able to escape a house fire in Beatrice early Friday morning. Firefighters were sent to 701 South 4th a minute before two a.m., and encountered fire and smoke coming from the rear of the house.
“When we got here, we had heavy smoke and a little bit of fire coming from the attic space in the back half of the house. It appears the fire started in the attic, somewhere”.
Beatrice Fire Captain Jeremy Seggerman says the two occupants of the home were out of the building when firefighters arrived and were not injured. They discovered the fire and evacuated the building. “Most of the damage is to the rear of the house and the attic area”.
There was no damage to vehicles parked nearby.
“We were here for approximately ten to fifteen minutes before we really to a good knockdown on it”.
Firefighters were still on the scene at four to five o’clock Friday morning, putting out hotspots and doing overhaul work at the scene.
A Nebraska Fire Marshal investigator was summoned to the scene to examine the cause of the fire. There was no immediate estimate of the damage from the fire. The house is along a gravel portion of South 4th, along the west side of the street. The home is a couple of blocks south of the downtown area.