75 firefighters help battle Hastings blaze that torched a John Deere dealership

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — The Hastings Rural Volunteer Fire Department is thanking 75 firefighters and nine agencies for helping battle a late-night blaze.

The fire was first reported around 10 p.m. Wednesday at the LandMark Implement, which serves as the area’s John Deere dealership.

Channel 8 is told the building was fully engulfed by the time crews got there, and heavy smoke made the situation even more difficult.

A stretch of Highway 6 had to be shut down.

It took about five grueling hours to finally put the fire out, but no one was injured despite the intense struggle.

Officials say they couldn’t have handled the blaze without all of the support they received not only from other fire departments, but also Adams County Emergency Management, Hastings Dispatch and the Hastings Salvation Army.

Without their assistance, authorities say the blaze would have spread even further.

They’re also thanking Cooperative Producers Inc. for helping them refuel equipment on scene.

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