Fire causes $700,000 in damage to house in eastern Lancaster County

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – An eastern Lancaster County house is a total loss after a fire Sunday afternoon, the sheriff’s office says.

The fire began around 2:20 p.m. at a property near South 176th and East O Streets.

Chief Deputy Ben Houchin said Monday that crews from Waverly, Ashland, Bennet, Southeast Rural and Eagle fought the blaze in freezing temperatures.

The dog was killed in the fire, but nobody else was injured.

Houchin said the fire caused $700,000 in damage, but the cause of the blaze is still unknown.

Crews were sent back to the house early Monday morning after the fire rekindled, according to Houchin.

Eagle Fire Chief Hank Oedjen said the extreme cold impacted the ability to get the fire under control.

“Water lines freeze, valves freeze and the roads freeze,” Oedjen said. “Those slick conditions can create quite a bit of a hazard.”

This is a developing story.  Stick with Channel 8 for any updates. 

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