PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire early this morning destroyed a garage and two vehicles. Pierre Fire Chief Bill Alexander says the blaze was reported about 3:40 a.m. at 1010 West Second Street in Pierre—near the home of Todd and Leesa Schuetzle. Alexander says it was first called in as a grass fire, but firefighters were then told it was a structure fire. Chief Alexander says when firefighters got on scene, they found that the garage was burning and the blaze was complicated by the fact that fireworks being stored in the building were also exploding.
Alexander says the garage was located about four to six feet away from the home, but firefighters were able to keep the home from starting on fire. Two pickups that were parked in front of the garage were also destroyed and siding on the nearby home was damaged, as well. Alexander estimates damages at more than $200,000. The fire spread to nearby grass and burned into the yard of a nearby home, but Alexander says no other structures were threatened. One of the homeowners received a small shoulder burn, but did not seek treatment. Alexander says two firefighters also succumbed to heat exhaustion. One was taken to the hospital and released and the other was treated at the scene by ambulance crews. Alexander says the cause of the fire is unknown. Firefighters left the scene of the garage fire this morning just after six.
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