RCFD investigates multiple suspicious fires overnight
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Rapid City Fire Department and Rapid City Police Criminal Investigations Division are working to investigate a series of fires that occurred in town between 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. Four of these fires appear to have a human cause.
The first fire occurred around 11:30 p.m. in a dumpster behind the nursing student building at 1015 11th St.
Another call came in around 1 a.m. to 1018 11th St., which started as a dumpster fire but quickly moved to engulf a garage and the vehicle inside.
As crews finished up, a third call for a dumpster fire came in around 2 a.m at 1301 Mt. Rushmore Rd. The third fire also spread from the dumpster to a metal storage shed nearby.
At 5:45 a.m., a call came in to 1014 South St. for a structure fire. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found a garbage can, garage, and motorcycle on fire. The fire also spread to a nearby fence as well as bushes.
While still on scene at the South Street fire and shortly after 6 a.m., an additional call was received to 1902 Lacrosse St., where a shipping container and its contents were on fire. This fire appears to be unrelated to the first four.
All fires listed were put out within 10 minutes. While the investigation is still ongoing, the RCFD does believe that someone is lighting these garbage cans on fire and urges residents to secure their cans and not leave them up against their garage. In the meantime, the RCPD will do extra patrols in the neighborhoods where these suspicious fires occurred and urges residents of the affected areas to report any suspicious behavior they might observe.