WEEPING WATER – Firefighters from multiple Cass County departments went to Weeping Water Monday afternoon and evening to battle a blaze that consumed a downtown home.
Emergency crews spent multiple hours fighting a fire at 104 East Eldora Avenue. The blaze destroyed the home of Ken and Angela Hansen. The house is located near the intersection of Eldora Avenue and East Street in downtown Weeping Water.
Fire crews from Weeping Water, Avoca, Murray, Murdock, Louisville and Plattsmouth all arrived in town to help contain flames that could be seen coming out of the roof. Cass County Sheriff’s Office deputies blocked off a section of Eldora Avenue to allow emergency vehicles to park near the house. More than a dozen engines, trucks and tankers were on scene.
Firefighters had to deal with several obstacles throughout the incident, which lasted for more than four hours during the afternoon and early evening. A large number of trees were located around the property, and crews wanted to make sure none of the flames moved into the trees and spread over a larger territory. Crews also contended with sporadic wind gusts that created an additional possibility of flames spreading.
Plattsmouth Volunteer Fire Department members provided their long aerial ladder truck to assist in the firefighting effort. They raised the ladder above the two-story house and hooked together a hose to reach that height. Firefighters were then able to spray water down onto the flames.
A large portion of the top floor of the structure was destroyed by 5:30 p.m. Crews were able to preserve many of the exterior walls but much of the interior suffered either fire or smoke damage. Representatives of the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office were on scene while crews were fighting the blaze. They began their investigation Monday night.
Alyssa Sanders of the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office told The Journal early Tuesday afternoon that investigators had determined that the blaze was accidental in nature. She said an electrical malfunction started the fire.
The local Weeping Water Boy Scouts Troop 220 will be hosting a series of fund-raisers to help the Hansen family. Troop leader Charlie Cover said Hansen family members have been strong supporters of the Boy Scouts organization and the troop wanted to help them in their time of need.
The troop will be hosting soup suppers at the American Legion Post 237 Hall in downtown Weeping Water Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Suppers will run from 5-7 p.m. Donations will be used to help the Hansen family with recovery expenses.