Fund established for family after fire in Sidney

SIDNEY — A fund has been set up for a Sidney family, after a fire late Thursday night caused more than $80,000 in damage to a home there.

Firefighters were called at 11:50 p.m. to 102 W. Main St., according to Earl Bennett, chief of the Sidney Fire Protection District. When they arrived, they saw smoke and flames from the second floor of the house.

The occupants, Becky Lauher and her 12-year-old twin children, got out of the house, which was equipped with smoke detectors.

"They did everything right," he said. "They got out of the house, got to a neighbor and called it in."

No injuries were reported, Bennett said.

He said the weather Thursday night made fighting the fire difficult. Firefighters cleared the scene at 1:12 a.m. Friday.

The cause and origin of the fire remained undetermined late Friday morning, he said, adding that the home is uninhabitable.

A fund has been established for donations to the family at the Longview State Bank in Sidney.

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