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Gering FD battled more structure fires in 2013 than previous year

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Fire crews in Gering spent most of 2012 fighting wildfires but 2013 was a year of structure fires in the city.
 
Fire Chief Jay Templar presented the 2013 annual fire report at the latest city council meeting.

Templar says 20 million dollars worth of structures were threatened by fires last year.

Of those, nearly 700-thousand dollars were lost.

The fire at Cozads Garage this summer was one of the largest structure fires in the department's history.
 
"It was a fairly large fire and signifies some of the things that were a little bit different in 2013 compared to 2012. 2012 we were fighting wild land fires all over the western part of the state of Nebraska, and thank goodness we didn't have many of those this year because we had lots of structure fires."
 
Templar says there were 611 fire calls in 2013, four less than 2012.

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