Area fire departments were called out to a garage fire north of Lake Minatare early Sunday.

Firefighters with the Minatare-Melbeta Fire Department were called out at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday with a report of a garage fully engulfed in flames on Clemans Road. Firefighters with Scottsbluff Rural Fire responded also, providing mutual aid.

Twelve firefighters battled the fire, six from Minatare-Melbeta and six from Scottsbluff Rural Fire. They fought the fire with two engines and three tankers, Minatare-Melbeta Fire Chief Brian Lore told the Star-Herald.

Lore said the firefighters knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes of their arrival. It was completely extinguished about 6:30 a.m.

He said the cause of the fire has been attributed to an electrical outlet that had shorted out.

The fire caused $15,000 in damage to contents of the garage, and the building will cost around $20,000 to $25,000 to replace, Lore said.

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Jeff Van Patten is the sports editor of the Star-Herald. Jeff can be reached by calling 308-632-9050 or emailing

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