Rapid City, Pennington County firefighters respond to overnight fire
Rapid City, S.D. – At 11:18 Wednesday night, Pennington County 911 dispatched firefighters from Rapid City Fire Department Stations 1, 4 and 6 to the area of Creek Drive and Marlin Drive for a report of a structure fire. Multiple 911 calls were fielded reporting the fire with smoke and flames clearly visible from many areas of East Rapid City and Rapid Valley.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they found multiple stacks of burning lumber at Forest Products Distributors located at 5400 Old Folsom Road. The burning stacks were threatening other stacks of lumber nearby. Firefighters from the Rapid Valley Fire Department and the Whispering Pines Fire Department were requested to assist.
Because the fire was threatening to ignite other nearby stacks of lumber, firefighters made a quick and aggressive attack which stopped the forward progress of the fire.
When firefighters from Rapid Valley and Whispering Pines arrived, they quickly supplied water to fire engines already on scene in addition to aiding in firefighting efforts and lighting the area. This inter-agency cooperation allowed for fast and aggressive firefighting efforts which helped quickly stop the fire from progressing. As a result of those efforts, firefighters were able to minimize the amount of lumber that was destroyed by fire.
Extensive mop-up and overhaul operations took place to ensure all areas of hidden fire and heat were addressed. Heavy equipment operators were called to the scene to assist with moving the large stacks of lumber. Those efforts continued until around 2:30 this morning. Firefighters remained on scene until just after 3:00 am.
No structures were damaged as a result of the fire or suppression efforts. No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by the South Dakota State Fire Marshal’s Office, Pennington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Pennington County Fire Administrator.