Christmas fire kills two ducks

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Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:17 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

A fire Christmas morning claimed the life of two ducks near Highway 75 and LaPlatte Road.

Bellevue Fire Battalion Chief Joseph Gibilisco said firefighters responded at 10:33 a.m. last Wednesday at 856 Allied Road. They found a mobile home engulfed in flame “from stem to stern.”

“The trailer was completely burned out,” Gibilisco said. “There were two ducks inside the trailer at the time. Both of them died.”

The ducks were kept in the trailer on cold, winter days, he said, and the trailer was also used for storage. It was filled with paper and other highly combustible materials.

The Bellevue Fire Department brought in a front loader from the Sarpy County Public Works Department to take the roof off and go through the debris. Gibilisco said the department was worried a transient may have taken refuge in the trailer, but no remains were found.

“People will try to find shelter anywhere they can,” he said.

An inspector from the State Fire Marshal’s Office was brought in to determine the cause of the fire. The cause was determined to be a heat lamp left on in the trailer.

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