Neighbor Remembers York Couple Killed in House Fire

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York, NE-- The York house fire that killed two people is still under investigation to find a direct cause of the blaze.

In the meantime, the community is remembering the lives of the married couple that passed away.

Neighbors awoke when fire crews arrived to put out the deadly fire that started in the living room of the two story home at 558 West 6th St at 2:28 a.m. Sunday.

"My old heart just sunk because after we heard all the commotion out here we stood in our bedroom window and had the blinds open, like this, watching the firemen," said longtime neighbor, Helen Lulow.

Officials say crews were able to bring the fire under control with in 30-45 minutes.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal determined it was an electrical failure that started the deadly blaze.

"It was electrical in origin. At this point we want to call it an electrical failure because we don't really want to pinpoint anything at this point yet," said York Fire Chief, Kevin Stuhr.

Although this pairs with another fatal fire in York County this month, it does not represent the city.

Chief Stuhr said, "Our actual fire numbers here in York are actually down. It's been a good number of years since there's we had a fatality here in York due to a fire. Probably dating clear back to the early 80's."

Now friends remember 82-year old Boyd and 61-year old Nancy Berger and what they were like.

Lulow said, "For a number of years, old Boyd enjoyed tipping the glass at the Elks Clubs and Nancy, she worked at Pamida store for many years and she just enjoyed her family and people."

Those who knew Nancy and Boyd say that although they were not perfect, they will always be remembered for the good that they did during their lives. They remember how much the husband and wife loved each other.

"They really cared about each other, so we were hoping that they could just die together but not exactly this way," said Lulow.

The Bergers were well known in York and will be sorely missed.

"He was tender-hearted," said Lulow. "Nancy too, she was always there ready to help whoever needed it. They were good people...and we'll miss them."


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