RCFD investigating fatal Tuesday morning fire
RAPID CITY, S.D. — The latest on the Rapid City house fire that left one person dead Tuesday morning.
It happened on the north side, and four people were able to get out safely.
“I woke up at about 5:30 kind of wheezing and coughing and I kind of sat up in bed and realized there was smoke throughout my entire room,” said resident, Jacob Lind.
Early Tuesday morning, the Rapid City Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on North Maple Street after a resident in the upstairs apartment called 911.
One of five residents in the home, Lind proceeded to wake up the others living upstairs, all of whom escaped without injury.
When firefighters arrived on scene, they realized the smoke was coming from the basement where a tenant lived.
After forcing their way into the downstairs apartment, crews located the lone occupant who was removed from the house and taken to a waiting ambulance.
“Advanced life support measures were initiated, and that person was transported to Monument Health Rapid City Hospital where they were later pronounced dead,” said RCFD, PIO Lt. Jim Bussell.
The Fire Department says this unfortunate event serves as a reminder that often the most dangerous aspect of a fire isn’t the flames.
“Smoke is where a lot of fire fatilities happen,” Bussell said. “We can also report that firefighters indicated that they did not hear smoke alarms sounding when they arrived on scene, so we’ll take the opportunity to remind everybody that having working smoke alarms in your home is incredibly important.”