KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Investigation Closes On Fatal Fire In SF



Bookmark and Share

Officials have wrapped up their investigation of a fatal house fire in Sioux Falls that killed three children just days before Christmas.


Investigators from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue say there's not enough evidence to pinpoint a specific cause, and have labeled the case as undetermined.  


Emergency crews were on the scene three minutes after the first call to 911. The home built 113 years ago was already up in flames; flames so intense three children were trapped and killed on the top floor.


The fire started on the northwestern side of the home, in the living room. Officials know a lamp, table, and couch were in the corner, but the fire burned for so long officials say finding proof to pinpoint the how the fire ignited was impossible. 

Fire Marshal Dean Lanier said, “We found this area to be the origin of the fire however due to the lack of evidence we could uncover while we were there, we are going to have to list the fire as undetermined as to a cause.”

Police say the mother of the three children did have drugs in her system the morning of the fire, but police believe there will be no arrests made in relation to this fire.

Officer Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department said, “No evidence of drugs or paraphernalia were found in the house.” 

While exactly what happened may never be known, investigators were able to rule out drugs and other potential causes.

 

Lanier said, ”They could find no principle cause, electrical cause, for the cause of the fire.”

But investigators can't come to a conclusion only by eliminating other possibilities.

Lanier said, “It's not a true scientific method to just invent a cause.”

The investigation is now closed, leaving behind a mystery with questions still unanswered. And with three children dead, fire investigators wish they could say more.  

Lanier said, “I would love to be able to tell you we had the exact cause and origin, that we could tell you exactly what caused it, but these types of fire investigations do come out undetermined from time to time.”

It's still unclear if the smoke detectors in the home were working at the time of fire, but an earlier report in 2012 stated that the home did have them.

The investigation would only re-open if new evidence was found.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

City Of Lead Establishes Parks Improvement Fund

The city of Lead has established a parks improvement reserve fund.     The fund was ...

Rebels Release Bodies  story with video

(NBC News) Six days after the crash of Malaysian Air Flight 17 investigators were finally given ...

Rapid City Officials Say Campfire Started Blaze

Rapid City officials are warning about the potential of grass fires after it was determined ...

Terror Threats: 10 Years Later  story with video  Jul. 22

Fruit Sold At Sam's Club, Costco Recalled  Jul. 22

Update: RAGBRAI Rider Dies In Northern Iowa  Jul. 22

Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal New Year's Crash  Jul. 22

Sioux Falls Police, Fire Rescue Hiring  Jul. 22

ND Wants Specifics On Backlogged Grain Shipments  Jul. 22

Update: Pierre Swimming Pool Reopens After Evacuation  Jul. 22

Shannon County Name Change Proposal OK'd For Vote  Jul. 22

FX Series "Fargo" Will Be Set In Sioux Falls  Jul. 22

Dakotas Lead US In Economic Well-Being For Kids  Jul. 22

SD Gets Over $294K To Digitize Historic Newspapers  Jul. 22

Yankton Man Sentenced For Assaulting Girlfriend  Jul. 22

Lake Andres Man Sentenced To Prison On Meth Charge  Jul. 22

Obama Declares Disaster For MN Counties  Jul. 22

Peach Festival Comes To Yankton Trail Park  story with video  Jul. 22

Co. Commission Has Own Plan For Van Eps  story with video  Jul. 21

Arc Of Dreams To Be Built In Downtown SF  story with video  Jul. 21

Finding Relief From Shirt-Soaking Humidity  story with video  Jul. 21

Potential Dangers Of Stick Figure Decals  story with video  Jul. 21

Woman's Body Found In Brule County  Jul. 21

Men Sentenced In Case Involving Ex-USD Athletes  Jul. 21

Crop Conditions Good Despite Week With Little Rain  Jul. 21

Putin Under Pressure  story with video  Jul. 21

RAGBRAI Riders Endure Summer's Hottest Days  Jul. 21

Lance Armstrong Named Grand Marshal For Sturgis Ride  Jul. 21

Sac County Jail Inmate Attempts Escape  Jul. 21

Man Dies In Sioux Falls Industrial Accident  Jul. 21

KDLT News Archive
     

Woman's Body Found In Brule County

Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was ...

Stolen Guns, Drugs Found During Traffic Stop

Four Brandon teens are facing drug charges after a ...

Man Dies In Sioux Falls Industrial Accident

A Sioux Falls man is dead after an accident at a concrete ...

Potential Dangers Of Stick Figure Decals  story with video  Jul. 21

Volin Woman Dies In Motorcycle Accident  Jul. 21

Lance Armstrong Named Grand Marshal For Sturgis Ride  Jul. 21

FX Series "Fargo" Will Be Set In Sioux Falls  Jul. 22

MN Man Loses 2 Relatives In Airliner Crash  story with video  Jul. 21

KDLT News Archive
     

Birds fall at St. Paul

ST PAUL, MN - The Canaries (22-41) were unable to continue their previous ...

Tough day for Spirit Lake and Lemars at state softball  story with video

The girls state softball tournament started in Fort ...

Ed Moses sets example for local swimmers  story with video

Most everyone knows the thrill of competition. But only a few ...

Madison Tops Dell Rapids Twice For Region Title  story with video  Jul. 20

Dakota Schoolers Win Pentagon Summer Slam  story with video  Jul. 20

Corn Palace Stampede Delights Fans Of All Ages  story with video  Jul. 20

Madison Staves Off Elimination At Region 2B  story with video  Jul. 20

Canaries End Skid In Fargo  story with video  Jul. 20

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top