Several Lancaster County fire crews battle blaze at Waverly home

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Several rural Lancaster County fire crews extinguished a blaze at a Waverly home Friday morning.

The fire began around 9:20 a.m. at a house near North 137th and Jamestown Streets.

Waverly Fire Chief Jared Rains said the house was fully engulfed in flames at one point and crews could see smoke coming from the attic.

“A neighbor or a passerby saw the smoke coming from the structure,” he said. “So they stopped to try to find out what was going on, realized there was a bunch of fire inside the house, and then we got notified.”

Fire crews from Eagle, Waverly, Raymond, Greenwood and Southeast Rural responded to the scene.

Nobody was inside the house at the time of the fire, Rains said.  It took fire crews about 45 minutes to extinguish the blaze.

Rains said the home won’t be habitable for some time.

The homeowner’s daughter, Taira Nystrom, said she was shocked when she received the phone call and came to the scene right away.

Her husband heard about the fire on his pager.

“When my dad’s address came over, he called me and he’s like, ‘Taira, I really hope I have the wrong address.'”

Nystrom said they have friends, family and neighbors who already offered to help out.

“I’m devastated for him, just because my dad has worked so hard his entire life,” she said. “He’s the hardest worker I know, and he didn’t deserve this.”

While it’s going to be difficult to recover, Nystrom said her dad was just relieved that everyone was OK.

The amount of damage and the cause of the fire is still unknown.

Rains said that when it’s really cold out, it’s important to move quickly and efficiently to put fires out and keep water from freezing.

“When you’re putting water on the ground or water on something when it’s below freezing, it’s obviously going to freeze,” he said.

He said the driveway froze over, so they had to put a de-icer on it to “get some traction.”

“We make sure we keep our hoses cracked when we’re not using them so they don’t freeze up,” he said.

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

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