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Scottsbluff woman being treated for smoke inhalation; fire under investigation

December 6, 2018

A Scottsbluff woman is being treated for smoke inhalation as the result of a fire early Thursday morning.

Scottsbluff firefighters were called to a fire at a home in the 2600 block of Fourth Avenue at about 2:15 a.m.

Scottsbluff Fire Capt. Justin Houstoun said firefighters were called to the home after smoke detectors alerted a husband and wife to a fire in their home. Houstoun said the fire was contained to a basement, which sustained significant fire damage, but a lot of smoke damage occurred in the home.

The woman was transported to Regional West Medical Center. She will be air lifted to a Greeley hospital for further treatment. Houstoun said the woman suffered from smoke inhalation and may have also suffered burns to her airway.

Houstoun said a significant number of cats were in the home. Two cats were able to be saved and were transported to Animal Health Center for treatment of smoke inhalation. Twenty-two cats died as a result of the fire, Houstoun said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Houstoun said quite a bit of fire damage occurred in the basement and firefighters had not yet pinpointed the exact area of the fire. The city’s fire marshal remained on scene early Thursday morning to investigate the fire.

The Gering Fire Department provided mutual aid and Valley Ambulance also responded.

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