A fire broke out in downtown Fairbury last Friday at around 12:30 p.m. inside a hair salon on Fourth Street.

Seven local fire departments responded to the Dec. 29 blaze, including Beatrice Fire and Rescue, which brought extra support when they were called in about an hour after the fire started.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue Chief Brian Daake said that mutual aid was first requested by the Fairbury Fire Department for Beatrice’s air trailer, a portable air system used to refill the breathing apparatuses worn by firefighters.

“They requested us for the ladder truck, so we went over there,” Daake said. “Basically, by the time we got over there, they had done a heck of a good job knocking the fire down. We just sent a crew in upstairs for a little while to do overhaul and try to make sure that the fire's out. Then, they let us come back.”

Daake said that Beatrice Fire and Rescue doesn’t often respond to out-of-town fires, maybe only once or twice a year, though the Beatrice Rural Fire District does go out a bit more than they do.

Daake commended the volunteer Fairbury firefighters as well as the responding units from Daykin, Steel City, Jansen, Diller and Plymouth fire departments.

“They did a really nice job of knocking the fire down,” he said. “It was basically just going in there and looking for hot spots.”