Fire at John Deere dealership in Hastings

Smoke can be seen coming from the Johne Deere dealership in Hastings overnight into Thursday...
Smoke can be seen coming from the Johne Deere dealership in Hastings overnight into Thursday morning. Multiple crews on scene.(Hastings Salvation Army)
Published: Jul. 14, 2022 at 1:44 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 14, 2022 at 6:12 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Fire departments from all of Adams County as well as Doniphan and Glenvil were on scene of a late night fire at LandMark Implement in Hastings.

The call came in around 9:47 p.m. Wednesday for a fire at the John Deere dealership, located on west Highway 6, with a large amount of smoke coming from the building.

Adams County Emergency Manager Ron Pughes said when firefighters responded to the scene they found the shop and work area engulfed. He said the smoke was so thick that first responders couldn’t see their hand in front of their face while trying to attack this fire.

Pughes said he doesn’t believe the fire made it into the dealership’s show room due to a fire wall built on the property, though he said there would likely be some smoke damage.

“It’s been a difficult fire to fight,” said Pughes.

With the building being a steel frame, it held the fire within, making it harder for crews to penetrate the roof.

Pughes did say firefighters have cut holes into the side of the building to help the smoke escape.

He said the reasoning for the large response to this fire was in part because of the size of the fire, including products inside the shop that are potentially dangerous like petroleum and spray cans.

He said the fire produced a lot of heat and so they had to be able to rotate crews in and out to make sure everyone was safe.

Fire crews were able to put the fire out just before 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Hastings Salvation Army was on scene helping with the response.

Pughes said he believes there will still be crews on scene throughout the morning to monitor for hot spots.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called out to help assist in looking into the cause of the fire.

Highway 6 has reopened after being closed for the fire.

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