Fire destroys Plainview hardware store

PLAINVIEW — A hardware store here was destroyed by a fire that burned for several hours and drew five fire departments to fight the flames on Friday night.

Plainview Police Chief Bruce Yosten said the first call regarding black, billowing smoke coming from Plainview Farm & Home Supply came in at about 6:15 p.m.

The Plainview Volunteer Fire Department put out a call for mutual aid, and departments from Brunswick, Osmond, Pierce and Norfolk responded.

At least four fire hydrants were being used by the agencies, Yosten said.

Plainview had two pump trucks and three water tankers on scene. Brunswick brought two tank trucks, Osmond brought a tank truck and a pump truck as did Pierce, and Norfolk responded with a ladder truck.

Yosten said some firefighters had been working to keep surrounding businesses from catching fire.

The Plainview Police Department, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol were also on scene.

There were no reported injuries as of 11:30 p.m., and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The hardware store is owned by Josh Schmitz.

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