By: Bill Schammert
For Tom Beck Sr. and his family, 2013 has been a rough year. He says his wife just finished up treatment for throat cancer, then on Christmas Eve, a fire in their trailer has left them homeless for the holidays.
"Thought it was the compressor, then the flames were getting higher," Beck said. "By then I went inside to the wife and told her she had to get out."
It happened in a mobile home park in the southwest corner of David City, Neb. The Beck's and their two boys will now spend the Christmas holiday in a hotel.
"It's just ain't been a good year," Beck said after.
Fire officials say the blaze started around 2:30 on Tuesday. Firefighters from David City, Bellwood, and Brainard were all on scene, and had the fire under control in about 30 minutes.
"We started off in the garage in the center and it radiated out to both structures on either side," David City Fire Chief, Matt Hilger, said. "By time we arrived, all three were fully involved."
The exact cause is still under investigation. The fire completely destroyed Beck's garage and most of his trailer. A neighboring mobile home was also a total loss.
Hilger estimates the total damage to be between $40,000 and $60,000.
Everyone was able to get in time, and there were no injuries.
"I'm just thankful we're all safe. Those are just material things. Now we have to move on somehow," Beck said.