RCFD responds to two suspicious dumpster fires in the same day
RAPID CITY, S.D. – A pair of suspicious dumpster fires has the Rapid City Fire Department investigating a possible arson case.
Around 3:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, RCFD crews responded to a dumpster fire at the Loaf and Jug on Mount Rushmore Road. Upon arrival, they found the dumpster still smoldering after an employee had tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher.
Battalion 1, Truck 1, and Squad 1 were all on scene. Truck 1 made sure the fire was completely out with no hot spots before clearing the scene.
Then shortly after 9:00 p.m. Monday night, the Rapid City Fire Department responded to another dumpster fire at Boyd’s Liquor on Mount Rushmore Road. When crews arrived, the same conditions were found as the previous fire at Loaf and Jug and Truck 1 was able to extinguish the fire quickly.
Dumpster fires like these can be dangerous for firefighters and for anyone if they breathe in the possibly toxic fumes.
Division Chief of Fire Operations, Brian Povandra, said, “You never know what’s in a dumpster. It’s not good to breathe the smoke that’s in there because you don’t know – you got plastics and all sorts of carcinogens that could be in there. So we take every precaution when our guys are going in to fight a dumpster fire.”
The Rapid City Fire Department is unsure if these fires are related to the previous fires they’ve seen in this area, but their fire investigator continues to investigate all of these fires and urges anyone who has any information or video footage to please bring it forward.
Brendyn Medina, Community Relations Specialist for Rapid City Police Department, said, “It’s a concern for public safety, and so we want to make sure that we are deterring things like this from happening. And if they do, make sure we hold those responsible accountable for them. Additionally, we do have a $3500 reward out there for information that leads to the arrest of those responsible for these fires.”