Fire destroys historic Ashland house

Kim J. Clark

ASHLAND, Neb. (WOWT) – The connect with went out at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday that a historic property in Ashland, Nebraska was on fireplace. The 1st officer to arrive noted it was fully engulfed in flames.

In the conclude, the Israel Beetison Dwelling just off the Mahoney exit of Interstate 80 was wrecked.

The Ashland Fireplace Office experienced to take defensive measures to place the fire out.

The fire marshal will investigate the induce.

According to the city of Ashland, the household was designed in 1874-1875 and was outlined on the Nationwide Register in 1976. It was bought in 1999 and experienced been vacant ever considering the fact that.

A crew of consultants involving the town and developer performed an on-web site analysis in February of this yr to evaluate the house’s structural integrity and problem of historic material.

It discovered the dwelling will have to have structural stabilization and complete renovation. A renovation would cost about $1 million.

Sisters Krista Sender and Kim Streich used innumerable times at the Beetison Property as children. Their grandparents lived right here, and it was developed by their good-good grandfather, Israel Beetison.

They’re now tearfully remembering what when stood.

“It’s just heart wrenching to consider that my grandparents worked all their lives to retain these a gorgeous property, and now it is gone,” states Sender.

“It was extra than just a residence. It was a household stuffed with really like and our grandparents and father, our aunt and uncle,” says Streich.

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