North Platte firefighters were busy Sunday and Monday as they were called to three fires in two days and arson is suspected in all.
About 8:45 a.m. Monday, they were called to a fire at a home at the corner of Rodeo Road and Madison Street.
“The fire is under investigation,” said North Platte Assistant Fire Chief Trent Kleinow. “It is suspected arson.”
Kleinow said firefighters got a good knockdown on the fire quickly.
“We were able to go in and keep it from spreading,” Kleinow said. “We are working on getting the building condemned. It’s in pretty bad shape.”
Most of the damage is from smoke, Kleinow said.
“The fire was pretty well contained into the upper floor,” Kleinow said. “It got into those trusses pretty good, but the main part downstairs has mostly smoke damage.”
Summer temperatures, Kleinow said, had an adverse effect on the firefighters.
“We actually had two firefighters go in for heat exhaustion,” he said.
Kleinow said both firefighters were sent home after they were released from the hospital.
The fire on Sunday morning was at a home in the 1400 block of West Second Street. The only information available, Kleinow said, is that it too is suspected arson. Firefighters knocked that fire down, but on Monday morning were called back to the home when a detached garage at the same location caught fire.
Kleinow said North Platte Fire Marshal George Lewis will release a report on the fires Tuesday.
American Red Cross volunteers responded and are assisting the residents of those homes.