House destroyed by fire

Smoke continues to rise from the remnants of a house fire Wednesday afternoon at 16733 County Road 15, Herman.

A motorcycle connected to a battery charger in a garage was the source of a fire that destroyed a rural Washington County home Tuesday night.

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal's Office listed the official cause of the blaze at 16733 County Road 15 due to mechanical issues with a motorcycle, according to Public Information Officer Alyssa Sanders.

Blair Fire Chief Joe Leonard said the most severe damage was found in the garage where the motorcycle had been located next to a pickup truck. Remnants of the battery charger, which was the only item plugged in, were found in the garage.

The fire quickly spread from the garage to the rest of the house, Leonard said.

Blair and Herman firefighters initially responded to the fire southwest of Herman at approximately 11 p.m. Arlington, Kennard, Nickerson and Tekamah departments also responded to provide mutual aid.

The house was fully involved when firefighters arrived, Leonard said.

It took firefighters more than two hours to gain control of the fire. Firefighters remained on scene until after 4 a.m. Wednesday, Leonard said. They were called back for rekindles several times throughout the day.

No one was injured in the fire. According to the Washington County Assessor's website, the house, built in 2001, was owned by Clint and Deborah Frahm.

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