One person suffers life-threatening injuries after early morning fire

Rapid City Fire Department is investigating a fire in the 700 block of Lemmon Avenue

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The latest on a Lemmon Avenue house fire that seriously injured one person.


9:10 a.m.

According to the Rapid City Fire Department, four people are now out of a home thanks to the fire. They are being helped with immediate needs by the American Red Cross.

There were no other injuries besides the initial victim, and that person will remain unidentified to protect their privacy.

Photo courtesy of the Rapid City Fire Department

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7:45 a.m.

An early morning house fire Friday has left one person fighting for their life in Rapid City.

Just before 5 a.m., the Rapid City Fire Department responded to 714 Lemmon Ave. to find a home fully involved in flames. When firefighters first arrived, they reported flames coming out of every window.

One person was transported to Regional Health Rapid City Hospital with what was originally deemed non-life-threatening burns that are now considered to be life-threatening. The RCFD has not released any identifying information about the person transported.

RCFD spokesman, Lt. Jim Bussell, says it took crews about 20 minutes to attack the fire.

The RCFD and the Rapid City Police Department are on scene Friday morning, investigating the cause of the fire.

Bussell says the house fire was the 50th call-to-service in a 24-hour period:

  • Two structure fires – one was confined to a stove and was one of three burned turkeys incidents in which firefighters responded
  • One wildland fire in the Teepee Gulch area
  • Three cardiac arrests
  • Two serious vehicle crashes
  • One gas leak
  • Various medical calls, fire alarms, crashes and miscellaneous calls
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