Cause of Local House Fire Determined to be Electrical

Cause of Local House Fire Determined to be Electrical
Image courtesy Cory Kielion, Fremont

FREMONT – The cause of an apartment fire at 750 E. 2nd Street on Saturday night is believed to be electrical.

According to Fire Chief Todd Bernt with the Fremont Fire Department, the call of the fire came in at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday. He says the initial report claimed there was a lot of smoke around the roof of the house.

“On our arrival there was a lot of smoke. There were very little flames,” said Chief Bernt. “We gained entry into the house to find the fire. At that point they realized it was in the attic. We tried to get people inside to try and pull the ceiling down to try and get to the fire.”

The fire department had mutual aid from the Fremont Rural Fire Department as well as the Cedar Bluffs Fire Department. The department from Cedar Bluffs brought in a second aerial truck to help control the fire. The fire was under control by 8 p.m. and no injuries were reported. Chief Bernt says all residents had evacuated by the time the department arrived on the scene.

Chief Bernt says they did call for a state fire marshal. After the fire marshal’s investigation it was determined the cause of the fire was electrical in nature. They are still trying to determine approximate fire losses, but Capt. Tom Christensen suspects the house, which was converted into apartments, may be a total loss.