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

Valley Springs Family Recovers After Fire

Bookmark and Share

A Valley Springs family is picking up the pieces Monday night after a fire destroyed their home on Saturday. The family lost off their belongings including two dogs that were killed in the fire. But relatives of the family said they are happy their relatives were able to escape.

Within minutes, toys, clothes and memories went up in flames, and all the Boheman family could do was watch from afar.  

 “It started in the garage and just went through the house real fast,” said John Boheman, father of the homeowner.

Boheman’s son Chad owns the now blackened and burned home. Chad and his wife Pam lived here with their six-year-old daughter Tasha, 23-year-old son Jacob and their four dogs. John said just another Saturday quickly turned into any family’s worst nightmare.
 “She (Pam) thought she smelt smoke, and then the smoke alarms went off inside the house,” said John. “The older son was down in the basement sleeping. He came up and grabbed the garden hose, because she said the garage was on fire. And he opened the door and it was so hot they just grabbed everything and ran.”

He said officials told the family a propane heater in the garage started the fire. Fire officials also believe one of the family's dogs may have played a role.    
“It knocked over something onto the propane heater, or the dog was in front of the heater when it kicked it, it set him on fire,” said John.

And within minutes they had to evacuate the home, without coats or shoes. But John said just days after the tragedy, the community has shown an endless amount of support.  
“Friends stopped by, neighbors stopped by, saying we've got this, we've got that. A lot of stuff has poured in,” said John. “We've got a stack of clothes four feet high at our house.”

But even though it seems everything is lost, John said the family’s spirits are up, and even six-year-old Tasha was able to salvage some of her favorite toys.

“Basically lost everything but she got some games and some Barbie dolls yesterday,” John said.

And they are a family grateful for all of the support.

“We appreciate everybody's concern and willingness to help,” said John.

There is a fund set up at Sioux Falls Federal Credit Union under Chad and Pam Boheman to give the family financial assistance.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Missing Girls Found Safe In Northwest Iowa

Two girls who went missing after going out to pick corn in a northwest Iowa field have been ...

Rapid City Man Pleads Not Guilty In Knife Attack

A man accused of using a knife to cut the throat of his ...

Minnesota Minimum Wage Increases

Minimum-wage earners in Minnesota get a pay raise to $8 an hour.    ...

Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary  Aug. 1

Former County Prosecutor Ordered Held Without Bond  Aug. 1

Pen Used To Make SD A State Is On Display  Aug. 1

"Rider Risk Roadshow" Tour To Sturgis  story with video  Aug. 1

More South Dakota Statehood Celebrations Planned  Aug. 1

'Concert For Canton' Helps Flood Victims  story with video  Jul. 31

SD Man Sentenced For Child Sexual Abuse  Jul. 31

SD Man Found In Doghouse After Alleged Theft  Jul. 31

Crop Duster Pilot Injured In Dixon Co. Crash  Jul. 31

Neunaber Charged With His Mother's Murder  Jul. 31

Minnehaha Co. Implementing Programs To Help Reduce Prison Population  story with video  Jul. 31

Inmates Raise Over $1700 For Flood Recovery  Jul. 31

Sioux Empire Fair Brings New Entertainment  Jul. 31

Motorcycle Accident Closes Marion Road  Jul. 31

Supreme Court Overturns Monrose Man's DUI Charge  Jul. 31

SD Delegation Attempts To Halt VA Hospital Closure  Jul. 31

SF Police Looking For Credit Card Thieves  Jul. 31

Mayor's 2015 Budget Address Tackles Issues   Jul. 31

MN Gets Ready For New Laws  Jul. 31

EPA Emission Standards Will Cost Plants In SD  Jul. 31

KDLT News Archive

Motorcycle Accident Closes Marion Road

Marion Road is closed to traffic on Thursday after a car collided ...

Sioux Empire Fair Brings New Entertainment

After 75 years, it can be a challenge to keep ...

Neunaber Charged With His Mother's Murder

He was called a witness for weeks, now an Akron Iowa ...

SF Police Looking For Credit Card Thieves  Jul. 31

SD Man Sentenced For Scissor Attack In ND  Jul. 31

Hundreds Gather To Mourn Slain Officer  Jul. 31

Rapid City School Board Imposing Teacher Contract  Jul. 31

Stolen WWI Gas Mask Found In Rapid City Pawn Shop  Jul. 31

KDLT News Archive

Vickers, RC Post 22 stay unbeaten in "A"  story with video

Matt Vickers had the game-winning 3-run HR for the Hard Hats as RC Post 22 ...

Winnipeg holds on after fast start at Cage  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD-- A two-run first inning by the Winnipeg Goldeyes set ...

Chad Greenway the veteran of the Vikings  story with video

It's hard to call the longest tenured Minnesota Viking an old man ...

RC Post 22 has bats working against Watertown  story with video  Jul. 30

Moore sets record, Birds win big!  story with video  Jul. 30

Polo stands test of time  story with video  Jul. 30

Scheels Plays of the Week from July 21st-27th  story with video  Jul. 30

Brookings and SF West have high hopes  story with video  Jul. 30

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top