Last week, a devastating apartment fire in Crete took the life of a 56-year-old man, who was found dead by the time fire crews had arrived on the scene. That man was Thomas J. Luzum, a 1976 Dorchester High School graduate.
Luzum's passing was the second death this year of a member from the DHS Class of '76, as Brad June was taken in July following a fight with cancer.
Investigators with the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office arrived at the scene and determined the fire to originate in a ground level apartment.
The fire originated in the living room, in an area where smoking materials and an electrical entertainment center were located.
Last week, the United Church of Christ in Crete and its members served dinner to all families who had lost their apartments and needed a hot meal. The church also found housing for displaced families.