Firefighters take on house fire, cold temps

Wind chills on the scene were near 0°F on the scene.

RAPID CITY, S.D. – During a busy day for Rapid City firefighters that included multiple car accidents and bitterly cold temperatures, they also took on a house fire Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters taking on the Cleveland St. fire.

At about 3:30 p.m. the Rapid City Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming out of a one-family house on the 600-block of Cleveland Street.

On arrival, fire crews found no one home, and proceeded to enter the house.

Inside, they found heavy smoke and located a fire in the basement.

With more bitterly cold temperatures in the forecast, firefighters are reminding people to be extra careful to prevent fire.

“When weather is like this, structure fires do tend to happen,” said Lt. Jim Bussell, public information officer for the Rapid City Fire Department. “A lot of that is due to heating, a lot of that is due to cooking. So, this is just an opportunity for us to remind people to use good due diligence and make sure that if you’re cooking, don’t leave your cooking unattended. When you’re heating don’t have combustible materials next to whatever the heating source is.”

The fire was extinguished shortly before 5 p.m.

Nobody was hurt, and the cause is under investigation. Cleveland Street was blocked between Sixth and Seventh streets while firefighters battled the blaze.

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