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Cause of Hastings house fire under investigation

Firefighters remained on scene early Wednesday morning after being called out to a house fire on N. St. Joseph Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. (Source: KSNB)
Firefighters remained on scene early Wednesday morning after being called out to a house fire on N. St. Joseph Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. (Source: KSNB)(KSNB)
Published: Aug. 11, 2020 at 9:38 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a Hastings home.

Hastings Fire and Rescue was called out to a structure fire on the 1000 block of North St. Joseph Avenue around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday.

No one was home at the time of the fire.

Flames were so strong the fire department had to pull back and fight from the outside.

Hastings Fire Chief Brad Starling tells Local4 on scene that due to the nature of the construction of the older home, the fire was able to spread to all levels of the structure. Work being done on the house also adding to the spread.

Water from battling the flames eventually filled the basement.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office will work to determine the cause of the fire. Hastings Police may also be involved in the investigation.

Hastings Fire, Hastings Rural as well as the Juniata and Glenvil Fire Departments all worked the fire. Adams County Emergency Management and the Salvation Army were also on scene.

Crews wrapped up their work at the scene before 5 a.m. Wednesday.

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