A 5-year-old girl who died in a Blue Springs fire that injured her mother and three others has been identified.
Elizabeth Remmenga's 5-year-old daughter Emory died in the fire at a house at 213 W. Cherry St. shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday. The child was found in a bedroom inside the home, Beatrice Fire Capt. Corey Lieneman said.
Remmenga's fiancé, Logan Woutzke, was taken to CHI St. Elizabeth with life-threatening burn injuries. Remmenga and two other children were taken to Beatrice Community Hospital. Their injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening, and they are in stable condition.
First responders arrived to find the house fully engulfed in flames. About 25 firefighters from Blue Springs, Wymore and Beatrice battled the blaze, which destroyed the home and some vehicles outside the home. The State Fire Marshal's office deemed the fire accidental.
The Gage County Attorney's Office has requested an autopsy in the girl's death.
Zach Hammack, a 2018 UNL graduate, has always called Lincoln home. He previously worked as a copy editor at the Journal Star and was a reporting intern in 2017. Now, he covers students, teachers and schools as the newspaper’s K-12 reporter.
Lincoln Fire & Rescue Capt. Nancy Crist said all of the residents had been evicted and were supposed to be out of the building by midnight. But, she said, there were several residents still there when firefighters were called to the fires.
Fire Chief Troy Shoemaker said that while the fire was mainly restricted to the building’s roof, the construction of the roof coupled with the way the fire burned through it caused a phenomenon called “roof drain.”
A child died and four other people were injured in a house fire in Blue Springs on Thursday morning.