Former Commissioner's home suffers heavy damage in fire

Minatare Assistant Fire Chief Brian Lohr says a home owned by former Scottsbluff County Commissioner Ed Martin was heavily damaged by a structure fire Sunday night. Lohr says the home a mile and as half southwest of Melbeta sustained $75,000 to $85,000 damage in the fire that was called in between 11 and 11:30 p.m.

Lohr says the fire started in the attic above the dining area and because there had been several additions to the home, there was a "labyrinth" of ceilings and roofs that made it difficult to access the fire. Firefighters finally got in through the garage and a second story window.

There was heavy fire damage to half the home and heavy smoke damage to the other half, according to Lohr. Lohr says Martin and his wife were displaced and are being assisted by Firefighter Ministries.

Gering and Scottsbluff Rural provided mutual aid.

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