A residence on Cox Drive in Gering received heavy smoke damage in a fire that occurred on Sunday afternoon.
Gering Fire Chief Nathan Flowers told KNEB News they received the call around 4:15 Sunday afternoon.
When they arrived, Flowers said they found heavy fire being influenced by the wind leaving what appeared to be bedroom windows. Firefighters were able to get a quick knockdown and push interior finding heavy smoke. Flowers says they were informed when arriving the occupants were not home at the time.
Gering firefighters were able to stop the fire from leaving the bedroom areas. The wind could have affected this fire and definitely was a factor. The wind caused the fire to move into a small portion of the attic. Flowers said they had to perform extensive overhaul.
The State fire Marshal was called to investigate, and even though fire was contained to the bedrooms the whole home received extensive smoke damage. Estimated damages are around $100,000 for the building and contents.
Unfortunately, Flowers says a family cat was found shortly after making entry and expired. He says they were glad nobody was inside or injured.
Flowers says they received assistance from both City of Scottsbluff and Scottsbluff Rural Fire Departments.
“Even though we don’t want fire to occur, our firefighters did a great job in knocking it down and containing it to the bedrooms. It might not seem like it, but the wind could have caused the fire to move very rapidly through the home or to existing nearby structures. Our thoughts are with the homeowner and occupants. American Red Cross and Firefighter Ministries were contacted right away”, Flowers said.
The occupants were a mother and two children. If anyone is able to assist, please contact firefighter ministries to help the family.