UPDATE: NE State Fire Marshal's Office says Cambridge fire was caused by combustion of stained floor rags

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CAMBRIDGE, Neb. State Fire Marshal Chief Investigator, Adam Matzner, says the cause of the fire was accidental.

The fire was caused by spontaneous combustion of stained floor rags. Matzner says employees were refinishing the floor.

The fire, which happened on November 20th, severely damaged First Central Bank and Cambridge Telephone Company.

First Central Bank has set up shop at a temporary location down the block at the community center.

Nine fire departments had to battle the blaze with the use of three ladder trucks.


Multiple agencies responded to a fire in downtown Cambridge that damaged two businesses Sunday.

The fire was reported early Sunday morning by someone driving by town. Crews battled throughout the day to put the fire out, with a total of 3 ladder trucks being on scene to help crews put out the blaze.

"They did a very good job in containing the fire to the buildings that was there and not losing the whole east side of main street," said Mark Harst, the mayor of Cambridge.

First Central Bank and Pinpoint Communications were damaged in the fire. The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The bank posted a short message to it's Facebook page telling customers a temporary location has been set up in the city's community center.

Bank staff say they they will open by noon Monday and will do their best to serve customers. They said they will all services up and running by tomorrow, except accessing safety deposit boxes which are still in the damaged building.

They say everything is secure, including customers deposits or records.

We'll have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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