Several vehicles were destroyed in a shed fire east of Beatrice Tuesday evening.
Beatrice Rural firefighters were dispatched to the fire, around three miles east of Beatrice on Sargent Road.
Matt Langley, Beatrice Rural Fire Chief, said the shed was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived shortly after 6 p.m.
“Filley and Pickrell mutual aided to the scene for an additional pumper and tankers with water,” Langley said. “We had to do a defensive attack because the roof was compromised. We attacked from the outside the best we could. An excavator came in to peel the roof off and once the roof was off and walls secured we were able to go in and put out hotspots.”
Langley said the fire was difficult to fight, in part because of high winds and cold temperatures.
Additionally, he said the shed was extremely full and difficult to maneuver around.
“Getting to everything on fire and in the shed was challenging,” Langley said. “There were several vehicles and equipment, so we tried to get to the equipment that was stored after we pulled the roof off, trying to get through the rubble the best we could. I’m proud of the department members that came and showed up because it was a lot of work getting to everything inside.”
Firefighters were on the scene until 11 p.m.
Langley valued the damage at more than $250,000 and said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.