UPDATE: Fire at a John Deere dealership in Beatrice has been ruled accidental
Posted By: Veronica Ortega
It was a long night for employees at a John Deere dealership in Beatrice after a fire broke out just after nine Tuesday evening.
About 50 firefighters from several departments responded. Fire crews say smoke billowed out of every inch of the building as they worked to knock down the blaze.
Initial reports were the building was fully involved, we arrived with a crew of four on an engine, made hydrant, we had fire coming out of windows and smoke coming out of doors and the eves of the roof," Captain Craig Fisher, with Beatrice Fire and Rescue, said.
No one was inside at the time, but a volunteer firefighter with the Beatrice Rural Fire Department was taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion. He’s back home and recovering.
Wednesday staff was busy picking up the pieces after Significant heat and smoke damage tore through the building.
"We were trying to air out the store last night so we could get the front half of the building back open. Obviously the shops down, we’re going to get that running as soon as possible," Store Manager Justin Bennett said.
Bennett says he was devastated when he heard the news. He remembers when another dealership in Fairfield went up in flames two years ago. That incident resulted in a total loss, but thankfully that wasn’t the case this time.
"I do want to thank everybody, firefighters, rural, and city for everything they did last night," Bennett said.
The State Fire Marshal has ruled the fire accidental. They say it was electrical and started in the cab of a combine. It’s estimated that it will cost the company several millions dollars in damages.
The sales and parts section of the store is open for business. The manager says he’s hoping to get the shop up and running by Friday.
Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News
A fire has broke out at a Beatrice John Deere dealership.
One firefighter has been taken to the hospital with heat exhaustion, no word on other injuries. Crews say fire was coming out of every window and door in the building.
There is State Fire Marshal on scene investigating the cause.
There is also no word on how much damage there is.
Channel 8 has a crew on scene and will bring updates as they become available.