More than two months after a fire destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of harvesting equipment, the Nebraska State Fire Marshal's office says the cause of the blaze still is unknown.
Chief Investigator Adam Matzner said this week no additional information is available.
"The case remains under investigation, no changes or updates since the October 19 news release," he said in an email.
The Oct. 15 fire destroyed a combine, two semis and a tractor attached to a grain cart. Most of the equipment was filled with corn. Henderson farmer Jonathan Rempel estimated he lost about 3,500 bushels of corn, in addition to the equipment, which had been in a remote field.
The combine had two Trump flags on it, causing some to speculate the fire was politically motivated.
Later that month, Gov. Pete Ricketts mentioned the investigation into the fire when asked at a news conference about vandalism being done to Trump flags and other political signs.
Rempel said he was helping his pregnant wife, Abbie, get their two children ready for school when he got the call from the Sutton volunteer fire department that his farm equipment was in flames.
Later that month, more than 80 farmers and their families helped him complete his harvest, and an online fundraiser raised more than $142,000 in donations.
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