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Fremont Fire Department responds to fire on Saturday night
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Fremont Fire Department responds to fire on Saturday night

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The Fremont Fire Department responded to a house and car fire at 1023 E. Eighth St., late Saturday night.

FFD dispatch received a call describing a “large house and car on fire” at 9:34 p.m. Saturday, according to Capt. Jamie Meyer. A crew was assigned to the fire and arrived at the scene at 9:42, around eight minutes after the call came in.

“You could smell the smoke coming all the way down 16th Street,” Meyer said.

Upon arrival, Meyer said he could see a southwest portion of the house burning along with the front of a vehicle parked in the home’s driveway. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire at the residence by 9:53, around 10 minutes after arriving on the scene.

The fire also spread to the neighbor’s fence.

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Meyer said firefighters entered the home and found that there was no sign of the fire spreading into the first floor or attic. The fire did spread into a portion of the basement, but Meyer said the damage inside was insignificant.

The vehicle that caught on fire was totaled, according to Meyer. Additionally, a section of siding on the southwest corner of the home and a small portion of fencing were removed due to fire damage.

Meyer said the Nebraska State Fire Marshal was called to investigate the fire, but a cause could not be determined.

“We presume that cardboard boxes started on fire, but we don’t know how,” he said.

FFD left the scene following the investigation at around 1:20 a.m.

Meyer said the fire may have caused anywhere between $30,000 to $40,000 in damage, but added that the number is a rough estimate.

“It’s very, very rough,” he said. “It could be more.”

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