Photo by Jay Huff
Partly demolished, Tuesday afternoon
Demolition began Tuesday of a burned home at the corner of 8th and Willow, the former home of Larry Lee Britton.
The home burned June 4. A burner on the stove was left on and apparently ignited something flammable, North Platte Fire Marshal George Lewis said.
Britton was not home when the fire started. He said he ran an errand to the other side of town. When he returned 30 minutes or so later, his house was burning.
The fire spread through most of two floors and up into the attic before the North Platte Fire Department put it out.
Nearly everything in the house was ruined.
Britton removed what salavagable items he could and put them in storage garages, but didn't have enough time and space to remove everything he wanted, he said.
Each room of the cluttered house, which was built in 1909, contained a mixture of furniture, personal items and collectibles. Collectible items included the history as well as furniture of the North Platte Elk's Club; records of the Oddfellows in North Platte plus a display from the 1913 Volunteer Firefighters Association.
The property belongs to the North Platte Berean Church. Pastor John Stone said the church leadership team has discussed what to do next but no decisions have been made.
Britton said he now rents a residence two blocks west of the house.
Britton’s friend Bob Mayber opened an account for contributions at the Farmer’s State Bank in downtown North Platte.
“Larry is a life-long resident of North Platte who is known for his personal generosity to others,” Mayber said.
The Farmers State Bank is at 418 N. Dewey. The mailing address is P.O. Box 808, North Platte, NE 69103-0808.