Historic Beetison House deemed a total loss after overnight fire

The historic Beetison House in Ashland, just off the I-80 exit at Mahoney Park, was engulfed in flames overnight into Tuesday morning.

ASHLAND, Neb. (KLKN) — The historic Beetison House in Ashland, just off the I-80 exit at Mahoney Park, was engulfed in flames overnight into Tuesday morning. That’s according to a tweet from the Ashland Fire Department.

In a Facebook post, Ashland Fire and Rescue says it responded to a reported house fire at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday and found the home “fully involved.” First responders were also concerned about a large area of grass nearby along with the Iron Horse Golf Course.

 

Crews were able to extinguish the fire without any further extension, however the abandoned house is a total loss.

Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s office and Ashland Police Department are investigating the cause of the fire. Officials are asking anyone that lives in the facility to please share any security camera footage or any information with the fire marshal.

The Beetison mansion was built in 1875 for the family of Israel Beetison, an immigrant from England. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Recently, Ashland city council discussed the historical landmark at their March 29 meeting after graffiti was found inside the building.

This is a developing story and we will provide updates as we receive them. 

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