PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Firefighters were called out to two separate fires Wednesday afternoon and evening. Leon Ellis, Captain of the Pierre Rural Fire Department says crews were called to the report of a dump truck fire about 4:00 p.m. yesterday at a home on Stewart Place-near Grey Goose Road. Ellis says the truck was filled with shingles and was backed up near the house. The homeowners were able to use a garden hose to put out the blaze, which burned in the cab area of the truck. Firefighters spent about 45 minutes at the scene of the fire making sure that the fire was completely out and trying to determine a cause. Ellis says the truck had not been used since Friday, so it’s believed the fire was electrical in nature. He says the inside cab of the truck is a total loss, but the fire did not reach the vehicle’s engine compartment.
Later, about 7:30 p.m., Ellis says the Pierre Fire Department was called and told that youngsters were trying to burn some old workbooks in dry grass off 5th Street-near the Mickelson Training Center. He says luckily, the person that witnessed the incident was able to stomp out the fire before it spread and kicked dirt on it. The blaze burned just a few square feet of grass, and Ellis says the witness prevented a fire that could have been tough to fight, in the dry, hilly area of north Pierre.
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