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Morrill house fire caused by stove

December 5, 2018

MORRILL — Monday night, emergency crews were dispatched to a structure fire at 718 County Road in Morrill around 7:45 p.m.

According to Morrill Rural Fire Lt. Thomas Hinman, the resident reported that fire started around the fireplace. By the time firefighters arrived, the resident had the fire mostly out. Crews remained on scene to put out the embers and hot spots.

Following an investigation, Fire Chief Matt Hinman reported the cause of the house fire was a wood burning stove. One of the residents misused the stove and the flames got away from the homeowner.

“When we arrived, there was a small spot burning,” said Hinman. “We stayed at the residence to monitor and get the smoke out.”

A resident suffered minor injuries, but declined medical care.

Hinman said the fire and water damage were contained to one room.

“Unfortunately, the smoke damage was a lot worse than we originally thought,” he said. “There was heavy smoke damage to the entire residence. The homeowners will be displaced until Valley Utilities can come in and OK the building for occupancy.”

Hinman said there was no additional damage to property at this time, but he is confident that after cleanup, the home will be livable again.

Morrill Rural Fire Department and Scotts Bluff County Sheriff were at the scene. They were assisted by Morrill City Police, Black Hills Energy and Morrill Power. There were also two pumpers, two tanks and two support units on scene as well as a rescue unit and Valley.

County Road remained closed for a couple hours as investigators assessed the damage. The Morrill Rural Fire Department remained on scene until shortly after 10 p.m.

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