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Attic fire leaves roof hole

The Superior Express of Superior, Nebraska

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Fortunately an attic fire was discovered about 1 p.m. Friday and the occupants of a rental house at Third and Hartley Streets at the east edge of Superior were able to escape without injury and the Superior Volunteer Fire Department responded quickly.

With smoke pouring from the attic, the firemen were summoned both via their pagers, the normal procedure, and via the fire sirens which only see occasional use in this electronic age.

At least four fire engines including the department's ladder truck were dispatched.

With hoses spread across Third Street, the harvest route to the Agrex and Aurora Cooperative elevators was blocked. Semi-trailer trucks hauling grain were detoured over residential streets and through the former Superior Transfer truck terminal lot.

The fire thought to have been caused by an electrical system malfunction was in the attic and proved hard to get out. Smoke coming from the house was a brown color, resembling blowing dirt associated with dust storms.

A previous owner had placed a thick layer of loose fill insulation in the attic and it is thought that burning insulation influenced the color of the smoke.

To put out the fire, holes were cut in the bedroom ceilings along with a hole in the roof. A firehose was taken inside the house and water shot through the ceiling openings and out the roof opening.

Before leaving the fire scene firemen covered hole cut in the roof which minimized damage from the rain which came later that afternoon.

By Saturday the landlord was making arrangements for a restoration company to begin cleaning up the damages.

The pictures at left show smoke pouring from the attic soon after firemen arrive and water shooting through the roof as the fire was brought under control.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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