The loss is likely to be a total one after a fire broke out in a Bayard residence Saturday night, displacing the lone resident.
According to Bayard Fire Chief Mike Harimon, firefighters were called to the house at 626 Avenue C at 10:06 p.m. for a report of fire in the attic.
Harimon says arriving crews found active fire in the attic of the converted former church that was already breaching the roof and started an interior attack until a partial roof collapse caused them to withdraw.
The fire spread rapidly and soon involved the entire attic space and while firefighters from Bayard, Minatare, and Gering were able to extinguish the fire before it burned out of the attic area, most of the structure and contents were lost to water and smoke damage. The blaze was under control by 1 a.m., with firefighters clearing the scene about two hours later.
Investigation found the cause of the fire to be a faulty chimney pipe from the home’s wood-burning stove. A single resident of the building has been displaced and was being assisted by the Firefighter Ministry.
Other agencies assisting included Morrill County ALS, Bayard Police, Morrill County Sheriff, Nebraska State Fire Marshall, and Region 21 Emergency Management.