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Update: Some residences, elementary school evacuate due to fire in McCook

McCook Fire around 2:30 p.m. March 6 (Viaero Wireless Camera Network)

McCook Fire Department has called mutual aid to assist with a fire that started about 1:30 p.m. on the north side of town Tuesday afternoon, according to the department.

The fire has led to the evacuation of the elementary school and some residences.

According to fire officials, one person was transported to Lincoln for severe burns, 16 people were treated for burns and smoke inhalation, and some firefighters have been taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

NTV's Valerie Juarez reports McCook is getting help from several fire departments, including Indianola, Red Willow, Arapahoe, Beaver Valley, and Culbertson. In total, 11 fire departments were called to help fight the blaze.

Winds have been gusting in excess of 60 miles an hour in McCook. NTV's Viaero Wireless Camera showed a dark plume of smoke over the northern part of the city.



Multiple crews contiued to fight the fire late Tuesday afternoon but was contained by 6 p.m.

The Nebraska State Patrol said they are seeing damage from the fire in McCook.

"It came right down the canyon and it would get steep. We had a hard time getting to it. We couldn't hardly get in front of it. We couldn't catch it from behind and it just was a horrible situation,” Red Willow Rural Fire Chief Bill Elliott said.

The fire chief said they're lucky it didn't cause more damage.

"It was a mess and we're just fortunate it didn't hurt a bunch of people and to lose one house is a giant miracle. Somebody was looking after us today. It really was good, I mean it's a mess to lose one but you can look around here and see what we could've lost,” Elliott said.

Viewers have sent in photos of the grass fire.


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