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McCook duplex fire causes $40,000 in damage

An electrical fire is to blame for a structure fire early Monday morning in McCook.

MCCOOK, Neb. (KSNB) - An electrical fire is to blame for a structure fire early Monday morning in McCook.

According to the McCook Fire Department, around 12:30 a.m. firefighters responded to a report of smoke at a two-story duplex. Residents on both sides of the duplex reported having smoke and a burning odor in their apartment. They were able to get out without any injuries.

Firefighters located the fire in the attic space shared by both apartments.

The department said the initial fire was quickly extinguished. However, due to the location of the fire, extensive overhaul operations to remove smoldering insulation and locate hot spots took place.

Crews spent an extended period of time performing salvage and overhaul operations.

McCook Fire said the investigation determined that the cause of the fire was electrical in nature and the fire damage to the structure is estimated to be $40,000 with approximately $20,000 damage to the contents.

The American Red Cross is assisting duplex residents.

McCook Fire said 10 firefighters, one truck, one engine, two ambulances, a rescue truck and a command vehicle all responded. They were on scene for approximately 2.5 hours.