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.