Friday night fire displaces 7
immediate need of temporary shelter
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[December 27, 2011]
At 10:05 p.m. Friday, the Lincoln Fire
Department responded to a call from a resident who had discovered a
fire in a mattress. The mattress was in the garage attached to a
single-story home at 209 Galena St. in Lincoln.
arrival of the Lincoln Fire Department, all occupants were out of
the house. The fire displaced seven people who were staying in the
The Lincoln Fire Department entry team encountered heavy
smoke in the house. The fire heavily damaged the garage but was
stopped before the house was damaged severely.
Lincoln Fire was assisted at the scene by off-duty department
members, Atlanta Fire and Lincoln Rural. The Mount Pulaski Fire
Department was staged at the Lincoln station with off-duty Lincoln
personnel to cover other 911 calls.
The American Red Cross was also on the scene to assist the
occupants before Lincoln Fire cleared the scene.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Preliminary damage
estimates by the Lincoln Fire Department are said to begin around
$35,000. No injuries were reported from the scene.
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Steve Schumacher, principal of Zion Lutheran School, says the
family is in immediate need of shelter as well as many other
personal items. If someone can offer the family a place to
temporarily stay, they can contact him at 737-1858.
Schumacher said four of the family's children attend Zion
To help the family, a fund called the Carlin Children Benefit has
been started at State Bank of Lincoln and contributions will be
[Text received from lead
investigator Tim Aper and Chief Mark Miller of the Lincoln Fire
Department and Steve Schumacher, Zion Lutheran School principal]