Nemaha County Emergency Preparedness 1.4.2019
At approximately 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning, Jan. 4, the Bern and Seneca Fire Departments responded to a trailer house fire at the Ray McAuliffe residence, which is located on the north edge of Oneida. According to Nemaha County Emergency Preparedness Director Russell Lierz, McAuliffe, his wife and young son escaped the fire with their pajamas on. R. McAuliffe suffered minor injuries from breaking a window and crawling out. The trailer home was listed as a total loss, and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office was called to investigate the fire. Also responding to the fire was the Nemaha County EMS and Sheriff’s Department. According to Lierz, approximately 80 people were involved upon arrival. The American Red Cross arrived later Saturday morning with assistance from several entities throughout Sabetha. According to Lierz, the McAuliffe family is staying with family in Sabetha and is doing well, but they lost everything. A Go Fund Me page has been started for the family, and they are in need of clothes and supplies. Donations can be dropped off at 308 South 13th Street in Sabetha.