Fire destroys garage, vehicles, at northeast Beatrice residence
BEATRICE – Beatrice firefighters were called to put out a garage fire last night that caused over a $100,000 loss, at a home along North 19th Street. According to Southeast Communications emergency traffic, firefighters were sent to 1611 North 19th, at 8:09 p.m.
A two-stall detached garage was reported engulfed in flames. "There was a pickup and some motorcycles and a trailer and a lot of garage tools and that type of thing. The fire was through the roof and out the garage doors and windows when we got there."
Beatrice Fire Captain Jeremy Seggerman says the house, about 25 feet away, was not damaged….but a pickup parked outside the garage was damaged in the fire.
"There was a pickup parked in the driveway area right next to the garage. When we got there, the engine compartment was on fire and it was starting to spread into the cab and passenger compartment."
The fire department sent a pumper truck and ladder truck to the scene. The fire was declared under control just after 8:40 p.m. A Nebraska Fire Marshal investigator was requested to examine the cause of the fire.
"He has it ruled as accidental in nature....but is still kind of working on an exact cause."
Lost in the fire were three motorcycles inside, a pickup inside the garage and the one parked outside the garage. Officials wrapped up work at 12:14 Wednesday morning. No occupants or firefighters were injured in the fire, fought in five-degree weather.
"The sidewalk and driveway was getting slick. Everything was freezing up. The guys were pretty much covered in ice if they got any water on them. We had some airpacks, it was cold enough...they were starting to freeze up."
Also at the scene were Beatrice Police and Board of Public Works crews.