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Fire levels barn south of the Platte River

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As an engineering student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Ryan Cowles is used to studying late into the night.

But what happened early Thursday morning kept him up even longer.

“I was just doing homework and getting ready to go to bed. I looked out the bay window, saw a big yellow glow, turned around – Uh-oh,” he said in describing the fire he saw coming from his farmily’s barn at 2976 S. Highway 77.

Fire level the more than 30-year-old structure.

Cowles said the barn was used to store hay and tack for the horse the family owns. The horse was not in the barn at the time of the fire – it was safely in a pasture away from the blaze.

Fremont Rural firefighters were called to the scene just south of the Platte River around 1:30 a.m. Upon arrival, the structure was fully involved.

Flames scorched nearby trees. Firefighters also sprayed the grounds near to barn to keep embers from igniting any of the grassy areas.

Crews were able to knock down the blaze in about 30 minutes but remained on the scene long after to deal with smoldering hay.

Cedar Bluffs Fire and Rescue were called for mutual aid as water had to be hauled to the scene.


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