Crews quickly knock down Rapid Valley structure fire

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On Sunday night, fire crews responded to a structure fire on Raveen Drive in Rapid Valley.

It was a single-family unit mobile home with at least four people inside. Everyone safely exited the home while keeping the doors and windows closed, depriving the fire of oxygen until firefighters arrived. Upon arrival, crews quickly knocked down the fire.

Assistant Fire Chief Rob Lehmann of Rapid Valley Fire Department said that winter conditions can cause complications among units.

“It's starting to be a little bit warmer now, but we still want to be vigilant,” Lehmann said. “We've had a couple structure fires in those cold snaps and it's really hard on personnel, equipment and obviously the folks that have the fires - they get misplaced.”

Lehmann also said to be sure to have working smoke detectors, so everyone will get an early warning to get out of the house safely.

The following agencies responded: Rapid Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington County 911, North Haines Volunteer Fire Department, Rapid City Fire Department Ambulance, New Underwood Volunteer Fire Department, Box Elder Volunteer Fire Department, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pennington County Fire Service.

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