RCFD responds to fatal early morning fire

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Four occupants were reported safe and one pronounced dead after Rapid City Fire Department crews responded to a structure fire on the 800 block of North Maple Street early Tuesday morning.

At 5:30 a.m., occupants of an upstairs apartment smelled smoke and called 911, firefighters from Rapid City Fire Stations 1, 3, and 7 responded to the scene, as did nearby officers from the Rapid City Police Department. The occupants of the upstairs apartment evacuated the building and were outside when firefighters arrived.

Upon arrival, Station 1 crews forced entry into a basement apartment where they found heavy smoke conditions. The crews immediately began a search of the apartment and located an individual, who was carried from the smoke-filled apartment and taken to an awaiting ambulance.

The firefighters performed resuscitative efforts before the individual was transported to Monument Health- Rapid City Hospital where they were later pronounced dead. No additional information regarding the identity of the individual will be released until next-of-kin has been notified.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire with very little water, and while the fire damage was minimal, smoke damage in the basement apartment is reported to be significant. The four occupants of the upstairs apartment were home at the time of the fire and were able to escape the home safely and without injury.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Rapid City Fire Department’s Fire and Life Safety Division. 

North Maple Avenue between Adams Street and Van Buren Street was closed for a little over an hour while crews worked at the scene. All traffic restrictions were lifted just after 6:30 am.

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