Kadoka motel fire under investigation

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KADOKA, S.D. -

The H and H El Centro Motel in Kadoka received heavy damage after an early morning structure fire Tuesday.

The motel received extensive damage to two of its wings, however, firefighters were able to stop the fire's spread into the main wing. Two nearby buildings were temporarily evacuated due to smoke conditions.

The fire caused power to be cut to the area, resulting in the temporary closure of Kadoka Elementary School Tuesday.

The H and H El Centro Motel was in the process of being sold at the time of fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office, the Kadoka Police Department, and the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

The three-alarm, windblown blaze required additional firefighters from Haakon and Jackson Counties as well as from Pennington County's Fire Assistance Team. Wind chill temperatures ranged from 0 to 10 below zero with wind gusts upward of 40 mph. This led to harsh conditions for firefighters on scene.

There were no injuries to firefighters or civilians.

Pennington County Fire Administrator Jerome Harvey spoke on behalf of Kadoka Fire Chief Brian Fromm, praising the teamwork of the responding agencies.  

"This is western South Dakota, and people work together,” said Harvey. “Everybody pulled together on this one, again, and kept the fire where it was at and didn't allow it to extend to any exposures.”

Responding agencies: Pennington County 911, Kadoka Volunteer Fire Department, New Underwood Volunteer Fire Department North Haines Volunteer Fire Department, Whispering Pines Volunteer Fire Department, Rapid Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Interior Volunteer Fire Department, Quinn Volunteer Fire Department, Wall Volunteer Fire Department,  Philip Volunteer Fire Department, Murdo Volunteer Fire Department, Midland Volunteer Fire Department, Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management, Wanblee Volunteer Fire Department, City of Kadoka Police Department, City of Kadoka Public Works, Peters Excavation, West River Lineman Jones, West Central Electrical, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, South Dakota Fire Marshalls Office and the Pennington County Fire Service.

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