Pickup totaled after engine catches fire
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A government pickup was totaled Tuesday morning south of Imperial, after it caught fire as it was parked on the side of a county road.
Sheriff Kevin Mueller’s said two University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, Lindsay Brown of Omaha and Lauren Kiser of Indiana, had driven to the spot near Rd. 727 and Ave. 331, about 11 miles southwest of Imperial.
The pair have been in the area several days placing trail cameras for wildlife study and were out checking them.
When returning to the 2003 Ford F150 pickup owned by the U.S. Department of the Interior, they reported seeing smoke coming out from under the dash. When the hood was popped open, it ignited the engine compartment and then become fully engulfed, Mueller said.
It was still fully involved when officers and the Imperial Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene.
Fire Chief Nick Schultz said they applied both water and foam to get it extinguished and were on the scene about a half hour.
Schultz said the two women, who called in the fire about 10 a.m., reported there were cameras and research in the pickup that apparently were lost in the fire.
They had no injuries from the incident.