- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

GIBBON, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska officials said a fire that destroyed several vehicles and a city shop building in Gibbon did not leave as much damage as they feared, but will still slow routine maintenance and various projects this summer.

No one was injured in the blaze Tuesday night in the Gibbon city shop, where most of the equipment used by the parks and streets departments was stored, the Grand Island Independent reported (https://bit.ly/1uieIEi ).

The south-central Nebraska city lost four pickups, used for street work and to move mowers to parks, and a street sweeper in the fire. A dump truck, a loader and a road grader were also damaged.

A fire marshal on the scene said the fire started in the engine compartment of one of the pickups. Parks Superintendent Jon Burnett said no one noticed anything was wrong after the truck was put away the afternoon of the fire.

Burnett said the building may have to be torn down because of the damage. Some other vehicles still run, but he said he was not sure how many could be salvaged. The city still has a dump truck, several trailers, mowers and a tractor.

“We thought it was going to be worse than it was … But it’s not good,” he said. “I think it’s definitely going to slow us down for a while.”

City Administrator Chris Rector said the total extent of the damage was not immediately known.

He said it would likely will be months before all the vehicles and tools are replaced.

Firefighters battled the blaze at the city shop for about two and half hours, and five firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com

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