Fatal structure fire in Spearfish, City releases cause being deliberate
SPEARFISH, S.D.— The City of Spearfish Department of Public Safety has released new information on the origin and cause of the fire on Roughlock Lane in Spearfish which happened on Sept. 25, 2019.
They have determined the fire was deliberately set, and began in the kitchen and living room.
According to the updated release from the City of Spearfish, a gasoline container was found on the kitchen counter adjacent to the natural gas stove. The ignition source for the gas stove was a burner igniter that was found in the on position. The investigation eliminated all other sources of ignition.
The single occupant of the residence, Robert Douglas Brockley, age 45, exhibited fire and heat injuries that would have placed him within very close proximity of the kitchen point of origin. Evidence indicates that Brockley was the only person in the home at the time of ignition. Brockley was pulled out of the residence by the first responders, from an area adjacent to the kitchen and front door, and later succumbed to his injuries.
According to Fire Chief Scott Deaver, the investigation remains open.