A home in west Beatrice was destroyed early on New Year’s Day after a fire was reported just before 1:30 a.m.
Firefighters from Beatrice Fire and Rescue and Beatrice Rural Fire battled the blaze through the morning and were still on the scene Monday afternoon to monitor for rekindling.
Fire and Rescue Capt. Jeremy Seggerman said the cause of the fire in the 600 block of West Court St. is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal, and it may have originated in the attic.
“They encountered heavy smoke from the attic area and eves of the house,” he said. “I know they had some pretty heavy fire in the attic and eventually a section of the roof did collapse. Everybody was out when the roof collapsed and they continued to work on the fire.”
Seggerman said no occupants were harmed, and that the Red Cross was assisting the family with a place to stay.
One firefighter was transported to Beatrice Community Hospital for an unknown injury and later released.
Cold temperatures dipping to nearly minus 15 degrees posed an added threat to firefighters and made it more challenging to get the fire under control.
“We had a good one-inch thick sheet of ice all over the roof and yard,” Seggerman said. “There’s ice on everything. Obviously, that makes it a lot more hazardous walking around when its dark, smoky and slick. It’s harder on the equipment and that type of thing, also.”
Beatrice police assisted in directing traffic, and Board of Public Works crews helped thaw the streets and sidewalks.