NORFOLK, Neb. -- Authorities in northeast Nebraska responded to a fire Tuesday afternoon.

Around 2:24 p.m., the Norfolk Fire Division responded to the scene at N. 5th Street and Verges Ave.

The first arriving units saw flames coming from the side of a house and deck with moderate smoke coming from the eaves. Norfolk Fire and Rescue put out the exterior fire and then upon entry, they encountered moderate smoke and no flames.

It took approximately 20 firefighters, 6 rigs, about 20 minutes to control the fire, and another 45 minutes to overhaul the structure.

The property sustained around $35,000 worth of damages to the house and another $10,000 for the contents inside the house. 

O'Brien reported no injuries, and the occupants were able to go back into the home to retrieve belongings. 

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

The Norfolk Police Department, Hadar Fire and Rescue, Red Cross, NPPD, and Black Hills Energy assisted Norfolk Fire and Rescue with the incident.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue said it is important to change smoke detector batteries and to remember when disposing of smoking materials to place them in a metal can with wet sand.