Elk Vale Road fire started in enclosed porch

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

The latest on a home fire on Elk Vale Road.


3:10 p.m.

According to the Rapid City Fire Department, the fire started around 11 a.m. in an enclosed porch that reached the inside of the home. Firefighters knocked down the main fire in about 10 minutes but remained at the home until 1 p.m. to take care of hot spots.

Two adults and a child were home at the time of the fire. A passerby let the residents know there was a fire and helped them evacuate.

There were no other injuries reported other than one of the residents being evaluated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

A portion of North Elk Vale Road was closed so that firefighters could access a hydrant across the street.

"We have had a number of fires recently," said RCFD Lt. Jim Bussell. "As always, I want to take the opportunity to remind everybody to check their smoke alarms, make sure that they have working smoke alarms. They have one outside of the sleeping areas, one in every bedroom, and at least one for every level of the home. Also, want to make sure that people understand that they need to have a well-practiced exit plan that includes two ways out of every room of the home as well as a meeting place outside."

To learn more about smoke alarms as well as home fire escape planning, click here.


Elk Vale Road reopens after home fire

1 p.m.

Elk Vale Road is back open.


1 person evaluated for smoke inhalation after home fire

12:05 p.m.

One person is being evaluated by paramedics for smoke inhalation.

According to RCFD Lt. Jim Bussell, a passerby notified the residents of the fire.


RCFD tries to save personal items for family after home fire

11:50 a.m.

According to RCFD Lt. Jim Bussell, the fire started outside the home and moved inside. However, it's unclear whether the residents were inside or outside at the time of the fire.

The American Red Cross is helping the family with immediate needs, as the home will not be livable tonight.

Right now, firefighters are trying to salvage some of the family's personal items from inside the home.


Elk Vale Road closed as crews battle home fire

11:35 a.m.

Elk Vale Road is closed south of Country Road due to a home fire in the 3400 block of Elk Vale Road. Authorities are asking the public to choose an alternate route.

The Rapid City Fire Department has confirmed that the home was occupied at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely. 

The house has sustained heavy smoke damage.

This is a developing story. Keep checking back for updates.

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