|Terrytown family displaced by fire|
|January 08, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
Fire at a home just south of Terrytown displaced the family of Doug and Sherry Weimer until the damage is cleaned up.
The fire at 97 Barbara Lane was reported to the Scottsbluff Rural Fire Department at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2. The Gering Volunteer Fire Department also provided mutual aid to put out the fire.
“It first came in as a report of a gas leak,” said Scottsbluff Rural Fire Chief Paul Reisig. “As we responded, we got word it was gas and smoke. But with smoke there’s fire, and with gas that’s an explosion.”
By the time the truck left the station, Scottsbluff Police had reported fire in the basement. Once crews arrived, it took about 10 minutes to get the fire under control. The last crew left by about 7:30 p.m.
Reisig said the fire was electrical in nature, caused by an overloaded power strip. It spread through the first floor joists, but didn’t cause major damage.
“The house got away in pretty good shape, all things considered,” Reisig said. “We had to take some windows out for ventilation because the house filled with smoke.”
There was no substantial damage to the plumbing in the house, but some electrical repairs will be necessary. Estimated damage to the house was $30,000, plus $10,000 damage to the contents. Reisig said the family should be able to move back in soon as the house is still structurally sound and will only need repairs.
In the meantime, the family has been helped by the Firefighter Ministry, an agency that helps cover emergency expenses when someone is displaced through a fire or other disaster.
Carissa Smith, the agency’s founder, said the Weimer family was helped with short-term emergency housing, food vouchers and gift cards for clothing.
“We’re now in our third year,” Smith said. “We can help with just about anything: motels, food and clothing. We also keep furniture on hand that we can provide people. And we can help renters find a new rental.”
Members of the group have also served meals to firefighters while they work long hours, such as at grass fires and wildfires. The also provide pastoral counseling for people who would like it.
For more information on the Firefighter Ministry, call (308) 631-9674.