KEARNEY, Neb. -- A family in Kearney is mourning the loss of a loved one Monday, after he died in what is being ruled as a multiple car, rubbish and grass fire.
The family, while coping with the devastating loss, spoke to NBC Nebraska on the terms that they could remain nameless for the time being.
They showed us the aftermath of a fire beyond just beyond a nearby treeline. Kearney Police Captain Mike Anderson confirmed that a fire did claim the life of a man around 2:30 p.m. Monday at a private residence on Sweetwater Avenue.
The brother and nephew of the man who died told NBC Nebraska it all started from a rubbish pile, but they didn't know what ignited it.
From there, flames spread to multiple cars and the grass, ultimately claiming a life. When we were able to walk upon the scene, you could see multiple junk cars behind the trees and other structures, and a significant amount of scorched land.
The family says, that like investigators, they too are trying to figure out how this happened. The family and officials are not naming the deceased at this time, but an autopsy has been ordered on the body that was discovered in the cab of one of the cars.
Through preliminary investigations, foul play is not being considered in this fire, and according to the family members who did speak to NBC Nebraska Monday night, they say they're just trying to cope with the devastating loss.