RCFD takes down 2 home fires in 12 hours

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Rapid City firefighters knocked down two home fires within 12 hours Tuesday – avoiding injuries in both cases.

The first fire – on East Denver Street – displaced four people. The second fire broke out in the kitchen of a home at 12 E. Kansas City St.


Photo courtesy of the Rapid City Fire Department

Crews began attacking the fire at 6:30 p.m. The two residents of the home were away when the fire started, but firefighters found two family dogs outside – scared but uninjured. Firefighters and Animal Control officers cared for the animals until the residents arrived.

Flames spread into nearby cabinetry and into the ceiling and attic, and there is fire, smoke and water damage throughout the home. Because the fire extended into the ceiling, firefighters also removed sheetrock, which caused further damage.

The family will be temporarily displaced, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The Rapid City Fire Department has shared some general safety reminders for the public:

  • Statistics from the National Fire Protection Administration show that structure fires peak during the winter months
  • Cooking and heating equipment continue to be leading causes of fires
  • Fires caused by cooking and heating equipment also account for 39 percent of civilian home fire deaths and 57 percent of civilian home fire injuries

“Be careful when cooking and heating in [your] home,” said RCFD Lt. Jim Bussell in a statement. “Use appliances according to manufacturer guidelines and clean and maintain heating equipment.”

Tips for preventing cooking fires can be found here.

Tips for preventing heating fires can be found here.

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CORRECTION: The article has been corrected to show that the dogs were uninjured

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