MALCOLM, Neb. -- A State Fire Marshal is working to determine what ignited a house fire near Malcolm.
Fire crews were called to 275 East Street just before 4 a.m. Wednesday after a neighbor spotted the flames.
When fire crews arrived the house was fully involved.
The Raymond Fire Department assisted Malcolm in battling the flames that could be seen for miles.
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office tells 10/11 News that the house is a total loss at about $61,000.
The owner of the house was contacted by Malcolm Fire Crews, who told them, no one was supposed to be inside. Tenants had been previously evicted.
On Tuesday, around 9:30 a.m. the homeowner found a space heater that had been left on and started a fire. The fire on Tuesday only charred carpeting.
A cause of Wednesday's fire has yet to be determined. The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office says it could take weeks or even a month for their investigation to be completed.
To help the Sampson family with cleanup efforts, you can donate to the "Sampson Fund" at any Wells Fargo bank. Any extra money will go to the Malcolm Fire Department.