Red Cross Helping Sioux Falls Family Displaced by Fire

Blaze appears to have started in basement

At 6:19 p.m. Tuesday evening, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a basement fire at 1212 S Western Avenue in a single family home.

First arriving crews reported moderate smoke within the structure of a residential home. Residents reported the fire started in the basement and the first-in crew made entry into the basement reporting moderate heat and smoke. After conducting a primary search of the basement, they reported no active fire. A second crew entered the first floor of the home and found active fire on that level. The fire was brought under control in approximately 15 minutes. Crews remained on scene for several hours performing overhaul operations to ensure the fire had been completely extinguished and to assist with fire origin investigation. The fire is currently under investigation.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with five fire trucks, four support vehicles, and 25 firefighters. The fifth fire truck was requested due to the high heat indexes at the time of the incident. A rehab area was established utilizing one of our specialized support vehicles to prevent any heat related injuries.

One resident sustained minor burns as a result of the fire, but no firefighters were injured during the operation. The residents were displaced from the home and the American Red Cross was arranging lodging for them.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would like to extend a thank you to the Sioux Falls Police Department, Paramedics Plus ambulance, MidAmerican Energy, Xcel Energy, and the American Red Cross for assistance on scene.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would remind residents to test their smoke detectors monthly, check the detector’s expiration date, and have an evacuation plan in place for your family.

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