Martin VFD responds to fire Tuesday night
MARTIN, S.D. — On Tuesday at around 8:38 p.m., the Martin Volunteer Fire Department was paged to a homestead fire at 290th St. and 211th Ave. where an earlier trash fire thought to be out had escaped and started tall grass, trees and stumps on fire threatening several outbuildings, an occupied home, and tree belts.
Due to the large amount of downed timber and tree stumps, units remained on scene mopping up until nearly 4 a.m. the next morning. All assisting units were then released, but one unit from Martin VFD remained on scene the remainder of the night to secure the area due to high winds.
The two home occupants were sleeping at the time of the fire and were awoken by a Martin VFD firefighter who saw the fire from home, called it in, and was first on scene. They credited that action to possibly saving their home from the fire, and maybe their lives.
The Martin VFD was assisted by Batesland, Tuthill, Vetal VFD’s, and the Bennett County Sheriff’s Office.
1/4 10-13-2020, 20:38 Hrs. Martin VFD paged to homestead fire at 290th St. & 211th Ave. where a earlier trash fire thought to be out had escaped and started tall grass, trees and stumps on fire. Threatening several outbuildings, a occupied home & tree belts. pic.twitter.com/kgmkwPm4V3
— Martin Vol Fire Dept (@martin_vol) October 16, 2020