Sidney home heavily damaged in blaze

A single-family home in Sidney suffered extensive damage in a fire Saturday evening.

The blaze started just before 4 p.m. in a home on Beacon Avenue West, said fire chief Brett Mikkelsen with the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department. Crews arrived to find large flames coming from the garage area of the one-storey home.

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The occupants, a man and a woman, were both outside when fire crews arrived and were uninjured. Mikkelsen said he believes a child lives in the home, but was not there at the time.

Firefighters extinguished most of the fire from the outside, before entering to put out flames in the attic. They rescued a hamster, and retrieved passports and Christmas gifts.

A photo posted to the fire department’s Twitter page shows roughly half of the house charred, with parts of the roof completely burned away.

Mikkelsen said investigators are at the house today to try to determine the cause of the fire.

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