Gibbon City Maintenance Building Fire Declared Accidental

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GIBBON, Neb. -- The fire costing the city of Gibbon their city maintenance building and at least five pickup trucks has been declared accidental by the state Fire Marshall's Office.

The assistant fire chief, Matt Smallcomb said the fire started in a red truck inside the maintenance building Tuesday night.

Crews from Gibbon, Kearney, and Shelton arrived on scene just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the maintenance building on 220 River Street.

Crews were able to get the flames under control in a little over an hour.

The assistant fire chief in Gibbon says when they arrived there were no visible flames, but once they got inside, they had no visibility because the room was filled with smoke and flames.

"Pretty much all the vehicles in the building will be totaled, I believe, especially in the east half of the building," said Matt Smallcomb, Asst. Fire Chief in Gibbon.

City Administrator Chris Rector says four pickups, a street sweeper, and the city's front end loader was a total loss. A road grader and a dump truck also have extensive damage and could also be totaled.

Rector said the building is also likely a total loss. He estimates damage from $400,000 to $500,000.

No injuries were reported.

The assistant fire chief says everything will be business as usual thanks to local business loaning Gibbon equipment to get by.