Fire destroys mobile home in North Platte

Firefighters work to put out a fire that destroyed this home at 2109 W. 16th St. on Wednesday evening. Battalion Chief Dave Heitman said nobody was in the building when they arrived on scene. The call went out for fire crews at about 6:11 p.m., he said. He did not know whether anybody was inside when the fire started. The cause of the fire had not been determined at press time. Carports adjacent to the building appeared to have been charred, but damage to a pickup parked in the east carport, and a minivan in the west carport was not known.

UPDATE: 

Lincoln County prosecutors have charged a 60-year-old North Platte man with setting the trailer house where he lived on fire Wednesday night.

County Judge Kent Turnbull Thursday set an April 25 preliminary hearing for Kevin L. Donnelly, who faces one felony count of second-degree arson in connection with the destruction of a trailer at 2109 W. 16th St.

Investigators with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested Donnelly after determining the fire had been deliberately set. No one was inside the trailer when North Platte firefighters were dispatched at about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, Battalion Chief Dave Heitman said.

Donnelly lived in the trailer, which is owned by his mother, Deputy County Attorney Angela Franz said during his videoconference court appearance. He apparently used gasoline stolen from a nearby convenience store to start the fire, she said.

Turnbull set bail at $25,000 for Donnelly on the arson charge and a separate misdemeanor charge of theft worth less than $500. Donnelly remained in the Lincoln County Detention Center Thursday afternoon.

North Platte’s fire and police departments assisted the State Fire Marshal’s Office in investigating the fire.


Previous version:

State fire marshal investigators have arrested a man in connection with a residential structure fire Wednesday at 2109 W. 16th St.

The North Platte Fire Department was dispatched about 6:10 p.m. and the state fire marshal was called to determine origin and cause.

Upon further investigation of the structure, the cause of the fire was determined to be incendiary, according to a press release.

A 60-year-old North Platte man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree arson. He was jailed at the Lincoln County Detention Center.

The state fire marshal was assisted by the North Platte Fire Department and the North Platte Police Department.

The fire remains under investigation.

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