Alliance man hospitalized after fire

An Alliance man is hospitalized in Scottsbluff after fire gutted his home early this (Thursday) morning.

Alliance Fire Chief Troy Shoemaker says that while the cause of the fire remains under investigation, it appears it may have been intentionally set in the basement of the home at 1107 Grand Avenue.

Shoemaker cannot release the name of the fire victim at this time, but he says the adult male was pulled from a basement window by members of the Alliance Police Department. Shoemaker says police spotted the fire while on patrol.

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The occupant complained of having difficulty breathing, so he was taken to Box Butte General Hospital and then transferred to Regional West Medical Center in Scottsbluff

Firefighters were notified at 3:11 a.m., and remained on scene for over four hours. The fire was brought under control at 4:33 a.m. 20 firefighters assisted in dousing the blaze.

The fire originated near a basement stairwell in the 70-year-old house

Shoemaker adds that while the home did receive substantial damage, firefighters were able to save some Christmas presents.

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