Fire departments from at least nine towns or agencies battled a stubborn rural house fire early Friday in eastern Saunders County.
The fire broke out about 2 a.m. in a large, two-story home on an acreage northwest of Omaha and just west across the Douglas County line, said Mike Stanzel, vice president of Valley Fire & Rescue.
Fire crews finally brought the blaze under control about three hours later. The Salvation Army was called in about 4:15 a.m.
Stanzel and a spokesman for the Saunders County Sheriff's Office said there were no reports of any injuries.
Crews from Valley, Yutan, Mead, Wahoo, Ithaca, Waterloo, Fremont, Bennington and Boys Town were called to battle the fire, which occurred on County Road 7 in Saunders County, in windy and rainy conditions.
The location was west of U.S. Highway 275 and just north of Leshara, Neb., near the Platte River.
Stanzel said it was a difficult fire to fight because water had to be brought in on tanker trucks. Also, he said, stiff winds and a narrow, one-lane road leading to home created problems.
“The wind was really driving the fire,'' he said.
Stanzel said a cause for the blaze, which began on the home's back porch, hadn't been determined by 9 a.m. Officials from the state fire marshal's office were still working the scene at midmorning, he said.
— Jay Withrow