One injured in fire at Todd County Middle School
MISSION, S.D. — One person was injured Tuesday while trying to extinguish a fire that had been set in a bathroom in Todd County Middle School in Mission.
According to a Facebook post from Mission Volunteer Fire & Rescue, at approximately 8:43 a.m. CST, firefighters were dispatched for a report of a fire alarm activation at the Todd County Middle School.
Crews arriving on scene found smoke coming from the outside entrance to the school’s multi-purpose room. Students and staff who had been in the building were evacuated.
Firefighters made entry and found a fire in a bathroom on the north side of the school between the multi-purpose room and gymnasium. A school employee extinguished the bulk of the fire prior to firefighters arriving.
Firefighters extinguished the remaining hotspots and conducted overhaul, including ventilation of smoke from the building. The school employee involved in extinguishing the fire was injured, and was taken to the hospital without assistance.
Officials have stated that the fire was intentionally set, and is currently under investigation by agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) – Sioux Falls Field Office, the South Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement Services.