3-alarm fire destroys home on Blair High Rd.

Posted at 3:45 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 00:02:40-05

A three alarm house fire turned into a spectacle northwest of Omaha, leaving one family without a home.

Firefighters were called to a home near Rainwood & Blair High Rd. around 3:30 p.m.
A passersby on the highway saw smoke and called 911.

The smoke could be seen for miles.

The fire tore through the entire house, leaving very little of the structure. 

Bennington Fire Department's Assistant Fire Chief, Ben Tysor says nine fire agencies were called to help battle the flames.

Tysor says the cold temperatures and lack of water supply made it difficult to control the fire. 

“The biggest difficulty we have out here is water supply.. Were a rural area. Its about a quarter mile walk to the house.. Getting water from the fire hydrants is about a mile and a half from here.. We have a shuttle operation going to continually pump water up here,” said Tysor.

Homeowner Daniel Naunton was at work in Grimes, IA when he got the call that his house was on fire. He says he never imagined to find his home of fifteen years, destroyed. 

"I mean...yeah. I'm devestated. Um, still in shock. But I was glad nobody got hurt and I guess everything in there is basically replaceable so," says Naunton.

Naunton says his wife and stepson were also gone at work, which left them worries for their dog, Molly. 

"Actually a friend of mine, opened the front door to let her out. He was the one who found it. And called 911 and opened the door and let Molly out. Unfortunately the two puppies didn't get out, he said that at point he couldn't get in," adds Naunton.

Fire officials told KMTV there was so much structural damage to the home, they had to bulldoze it. 

The Fire Marshal did complete an investigation in search for cause of the fire. No details yet. 

A GoFundMe has been set up to help the couple who lost their home in the fire.