- Associated Press - Saturday, November 19, 2016

WAHOO, Neb. (AP) - Officials say Wahoo State Bank - a cornerstone building of downtown Wahoo - has been gutted by fire.

Firefighters from Wahoo and surrounding communities responded Friday morning after a fire was discovered on the bank’s roof.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports (https://bit.ly/2fPa5Nq ) that a rubber membrane on the roof kept water from reaching the fire, and strong winds whipped the flames.

Bank executive vice president Cindy Hohl says about 16 employees scrambled to secure deposits and documents in bank vaults, then safely fled the two-story building.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Hohl says patching work had been done on the roof the day before.

Hohl and her brother, bank CEO and President Greg Hohl, are the fourth generation to run Wahoo State Bank.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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