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Fire Marshal’s Office: Wind a factor in fatal Hitchcock County fire PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 May 2011 17:10

One person is dead and two others injured in a fire at a farm near Trenton.

A news release Friday from Hitchcock County Sheriff Bryan Leggott says 46-year-old Theresa Borges Schnoor of Trenton died at the scene of the Thursday afternoon fire, described as a controlled burn.

Two others, 40-year-old Robert Seybold and 36-year-old Anthony Meguire, both of Trenton, were critically burned. The two injured men were taken to a McCook hospital, and from there were flown to St. Elizabeth Burn Center in Lincoln.

According to Associated Press reports, a woman who answered the phone at the sheriff’s office said the sheriff was not accepting media calls and would not answer further questions about the fatal fire.

The Nebraska Fire Marshal’s office says shifting winds contributed to a southwestern Nebraska farm fire that killed one and critically injured two others.

A spokesman for the fire marshal’s office, Ray Nance, says the fire 8 miles northwest of Trenton began as a controlled burn to clear cattle-grazing land. But winds sent the fire out of control.

Killed was 46-year-old Theresa Schnoor of Trenton. An autopsy has been ordered.

Nance says Schnoor and the two men were not firefighters, but residents who fell victim to the fire. Nance had no further details.

Memorial services were planned for Schnoor in Trenton on Wednesday morning.

She is survived by her two sons, John and Jacob Viox, both high school students at Hitchcock County Schools. The boys had attended Wauneta-Palisade Schools as elementary students.

Theresa Borges Schnoor is also survived by her parents, Louis “Sonny” and Violet Borges of Palisade as well as several brothers and sisters and their families.