Beatrice Rural Firefighters Battle Brush Fire, North of City

BEATRICE – Beatrice Rural Firefighters were at the scene of a fire north of Sargent Road for at least two-and-a-half hours, Saturday afternoon and early evening.

The blaze spread from an area near a salvage yard through some trees, and toward some CRP land.   Beatrice Rural Firefighters were sent to the scene at around 4:38 p.m. with pumper trucks and grass rigs.   Pickrell Rural Fire was later summoned to the scene with a tanker truck and grass rigs.

The fire was just north of a home off the north side of Sargent Road, but a southeast wind was pushing flames away from the residence.

Firefighters refilled water tanks from a fire hydrant near 13th and Dorsey, just south of the fire location.

The cause of the blaze is not immediately known.  A Nebraska Fire Marshal investigator was summoned to the scene.  Nebraska State Patrol officers and Beatrice Police blocked off traffic along Sargent Road as the fire drew a lot of onlookers.

Beatrice City Firefighters were sent to a car fire at Riverside Park, while rural firefighters were at the scene of the Sargent Road blaze.  Fire broke out in the engine compartment of a 1997 Nissan Maxima.   No one was injured, and the car was totaled.  The vehicle was parked next to a picnic shelter, but the shelter was not damaged.

Firefighters were sent to Riverside Park at 6 p.m. and were on the scene for about a half-hour.

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