Fire deals major damage to Freed's Fine Furnishings

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RAPID CITY, S.D. - A morning fire did substantial damage to Freed's Fine Furniture Thursday.

Rapid City Fire Department crews arrived two minutes after the fire was reported, around 7:15 a.m. The building was filled with smoke, hampering attempts by firefighters to get inside.

"The crews inside reported no visibility whatsoever," Rapid City Fire Department Lt. Jim Bussell. "Very much a tactile, by-feel search to figure out where they were going. So it's a very, very dangerous situation for them this morning. They performed outstanding."

It was tough-going finding the point of origin due to the size, arrangement, and contents of the building. Discovered in the basement, the fire was mostly contained around 8 a.m. A number of carpet rolls were burned, and there was substantial damage to the building. But it's not considered to be a total loss, according to Bussell.

Surrounded by furniture, there were major concerns about the fire spreading and the safety of the firefighters. Luckily, there were no injuries.

With fire hose stretching across the street, Sturgis Road was closed between Meadowood Lanes and the intersection with West Chicago Street until 9 a.m. At that time, the fire was fully contained.

The cause is under investigation.

The Rapid City Fire Department was assisted by the Rapid City Police Department, Pennington County Fire Serivce, the North Haines Volunteer Fire Department, Whispering Pines Fire Department, Black Hills Energy, and Montana Dakota Utilities.

Below is a live report from the scene with RCFD Lt. Jim Bussell.

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