November 19, 2020

The Rapid City Fire Department responded to five fires in a 24 hour time period

The Rapid City Fire Department responded to five fires in a 24 hour time period.

Starting at 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Rapid City Firefighters responded to a dumpster fire in the 1000 block of 11th Street in Rapid City. When crews arrived, they were able to quickly put out the fire.

Crews were then called out to the same address shortly after 3 a.m. for a fire alarm. When they arrived on scene, they noticed a door to the store room had been broken into and two different piles were set on fire. Rapid City Firefighters were also able to extinguish this fire quickly.

We are unsure if these two fires are related and it remains under investigation by the Rapid City Fire Department.

The RCFD also assisted with two other fires Tuesday night, one being a grass fire in Rapid Valley and the other being a structure/grass fire in Hermosa.

And then, shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, Rapid City Firefighters responded to a structure fire at Forest Products Distributors on Old Folsom Road in Rapid City. When crews arrived on scene, they noticed large flames coming from a storage shed on the property. No fire hydrants were readily accessible for firefighters to use to put out the fire, so water tenders were brought in by other agencies including the Rapid Valley Fire Department, Box Elder Fire Department, North Haines Fire Department, and Whispering Pines Fire Department. Rapid City Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire quickly. The 200 by 50 foot storage shed housed equipment for Forest Products Distributors. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Rapid City Fire Department. 

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