Firefighters from Pickrell and Filley were able to save a home when they responded to a fire in a machine shed at 7 p.m. Monday. The shed, owned by Duane and Janice Parde, was located two miles northeast of Zion Lutheran Church in eastern Gage County. According to the firefighters the shed was totally engulfed when they arrived and the fire was beginning to spread to a small building and the house.
The small building was destroyed but firefighters were able to minimize the damage to the house. Four antique tractors, a semi-tractor, boat, and other equipment, vehicles, and tools were lost in the blaze. No official damage estimate has been given. The cause of the fire is being investigated.