NORFOLK, Neb. – A northeast Nebraska fire department had its hands full with a house fire Tuesday afternoon.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue responded to the 1900 block of Carmel Drive for a kitchen fire report at approximately 2:10 p.m.

Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the house with several fire platforms responding to the scene.

Norfolk Fire Chief Tim Wragge said the blaze was brought under control within 45 minutes of units being called in, using 37 firefighters and eight rigs. Norfolk Fire and Rescue Captain Scott Bonsall said it took an additional two hours to overhaul the structure.

Wragge said no one was home at the time of the fire, but all residences were moved due to the fire. The Red Cross helps displaced people.

He said firefighters were not injured, but a pet inside the residence did not survive the fire and the person was taken to hospital for evaluation.

Norfolk Police Division, Hadar Fire and Rescue, Hoskins/Woodland Park Fire and Rescue and NPPD assisted Norfolk Fire and Rescue at the scene. Battle Creek Rescue and Pierce Fire assisted with other fire and EMS responses

Bonsall said the cause of the fire was accidental in nature. The structure and its contents were considered a total loss.