UPDATE: Victim identified in Hastings house fire

Hastings Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire near Hastings College early Thursday morning. (Source: KSNB)
Hastings Fire & Rescue responded to a house fire near Hastings College early Thursday morning. (Source: KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: May. 30, 2019 at 7:11 AM CDT
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UPDATE: The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office has identified the victim of the May 30 house fire as Timothy L. Obester, 52 of Hastings.

According to his obituary, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 to 1993 before returning to central Nebraska.

A funeral will be held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Hastings on Wednesday.

The cause of fire and cause of death are still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office.


One person was killed in a house fire early Thursday morning in Hastings.

Firefighters were called to the house fire at the corner of University Street and Cedar Avenue around 4:15 a.m. after a passer-by reported seeing flames coming from the home. He also reported that the house was filled with smoke and he was unable to get anyone's attention by knocking on the door.

"Everybody went to work as soon as they could on scene," said Hastings Fire Chief Brad Starling. "They established a good water supply. Once they got confirmation that there was more than likely a victim still in the house, they immediately started search of the structure and then followed in directly with a hand line. So, we had all crews working from the time they got here."

Starling said that the fire started in one bedroom in the home. The victim was found in a different room on the second story of the house.

When firefighters arrived, crews were able to knock down the fire in approximately 20 minutes.

The State Fire Marshal's office is assisting Hastings Fire and Hastings Police with the investigation, including determining the cause of the fire.

The name of the victim has yet to be released. An autopsy will be performed Friday.

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