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Child killed in fire at Blue Springs home Thursday morning

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 9:43 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 2:23 PM CDT
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BLUE SPRINGS, Neb. - One person was killed and four people were transported to the hospital after a fire in Blue Springs on Thursday morning.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue said they were called to the fire, along with Blue Springs and Wymore departments, around 4 a.m. The house, located at the north edge of the Gage County village next to a ball field, was destroyed in the blaze.

Beatrice Fire and Rescue says one person, a child, was killed in the fire and four people were taken to the hospital - one with life threatening injuries. The child who died was found in the bedroom of the home.

“There were some people who met us as we arrived on the scene. The house was fully engulfed...fire coming out of all sides of the house. The fire also extended to vehicles and some materials that were outside of the house. We did make an attempt to enter the house, but the fire was too hot...too much fire to make entry to the house. So, we basically had to attack the fire from outside,” Wymore Fire Chief Mark Meints said.

Meints said there were about 25 firefighters fighting the fire.

A Nebraska Fire Marshal investigator described the fire as accidental.   A news release from the Fire Marshal’s office says an adult male was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Burn Center in Lincoln with life-threatening injuries.  An adult female and two children were taken to Beatrice Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The home is near the intersection of Cherry and Grant Streets, in Blue Springs.

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