Man arrested after Panhandle fire rescue

By: AP
By: AP

Scotts Bluff, NE (AP) - An 18-year-old man has been arrested after his rescue from a burning tent at a lake in the Nebraska Panhandle.

Television station KOTA says Scotts Bluff County deputies were sent to Big Lake Alice on Saturday after a woman called to express her concern about the well-being of Mark Vakoc, of Shelton. She said he'd been living in a tent at the lake.

Deputies were searching for Vakoc when they noticed a tent on fire. They found Vakoc trapped inside a burning sleeping bag in the tent. They pulled him out to safety. He wasn't injured.

The deputies then arrested Vakoc on a Hall County warrant that alleged shoplifting last year. Online court records don't list the name of his attorney.

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