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Fire and ice.

Area firefighters have been battling blazes amid brutally cold temperatures during several recent fires.

Fremont Rural battled five structure fires in three days, Fremont Rural Assistant Fire Chief Carl Nielsen said Saturday morning.

The first call was to a dumpster fire on Dec. 28.

“We were out on that one and we got a call for a house fire,” Nielsen said.

Fremont Rural called the Nickerson Fire Department to provide mutual aid to fight a fire at 4:30 a.m. Dec. 28 at an abandoned house on north Yager Road north of County Road T.

The house was destroyed. There were no injuries.

“Nobody was on the property at the time,” said Nickerson Fire Chief Dusty Menking.

Nickerson firefighters again were called at 2:30 a.m. Dec. 29 to a structure fire at the corner of County Roads P and 24.

“This was another abandoned residence that was fully engulfed, fully involved,” Menking said. “We called in Arlington, Fremont Rural and Winslow (for mutual aid).”

That fire was under complete control by approximately 6 a.m. That call was finished by about 8:30 a.m., but Menking and another firefighter went back to monitor for hot spots and check for any possible re-ignition of a blaze.

In the meantime, Fremont Rural was called out at about 6:30 a.m. Dec. 29 to a garage fire near Ames.

“It (the structure) was pretty much on the ground when we got there,” Nielsen said.

There were no injuries.

On Dec. 30, another fire broke out on the same property as the day before at the corner of County Roads P and 24.

This time, a pole barn was on fire.

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The call came in at 6:04 a.m., Menking said.

Nickerson called for mutual aid from Fremont Rural, Arlington and Winslow again.

That fire was under control within the hour.

“We were able to release them fairly quickly off that scene,” Menking said.

The cause of the structure fires is under investigation.

“We have no leads at this time,” Menking said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office at 402-727-2700.


News Editor

Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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