67-year-old woman dies in Bridgeport house fire

The Morrill County Sheriff's Office has identified the person who died in a structure fire in Bridgeport.

The Sheriff's Office said 67-year-old Ilene F. Christensen died in the fire at her residence at 313 H Street.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Brad Mueller said the fire was reported at 8:21 this morning by a neighbor. The fire was contained to one room in the house, but likely burned for a while before it was reported.

Mueller said the fire was extinguished and under control within 10 minutes of the department's arrival on scene. He said while the fire was contained to that one room, extensive smoke and heat throughout the home caused an estimated $50,000 damage.

The Nebraska Fire Marshal is investigating the blaze, and no additional details are available at this time.

The Bridgeport Police Department, Morrill County Sheriff's Office, Bridgeport EMS Department, and Bayard Fire Department all assisted at the scene.

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