OTOE – Fire scorched Johny Bennett’s workshop along Otoe’s Main Street Wednesday afternoon.
Bennett had been welding to make body repairs to his pickup truck inside the building, when he noticed fire inside the cab of the truck.
He used a fire extinguisher and some nearby water, but said the fire spread too fast.
He said he knew the pickup had a full tank of gas and he was concerned about a number of acetylene tanks nearby.
Syracuse and Otoe firefighters arrived to see flames surging through of the 15-year-old building, erected at the former site of Stan Boldt’s garage.