PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A weekend fire resulted in extensive damage to a Pierre home. Pierre Fire Department Chief Bill Alexander says the fire was reported at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning at 806 West 4th Street in a single family ranch style dwelling. Alexander says four people were in the home at the time of the blaze-an adult female and three others. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to a bedroom in the home, which is where the fire originated. The blaze was extinguished within 15 minutes, but Alexander says the fire department was at the scene for about two hours. Alexander says the actions of the occupants in the home helped to keep the fire from spreading further. One resident closed the door to the room where the fire burned and the woman used a fire extinguisher to try to put out the blaze. She suffered smoke inhalation and was treated and released at St. Mary’s Healthcare Center. No one else was hurt. Fire and water damage was kept to the bedroom of the home and smoke and heat damage was also sustained in other parts of the structure. Alexander says the fire was considered accidental, but its cause is undetermined. He estimates damages at $30,000 to $40,000. The occupants of the home rented it through the South Dakota Housing Development Authority.
Firefighters were also summoned earlier Saturday and on Friday evening to WW Tire in Pierre. Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says heavy smoke was seen coming from a chimney on the business. Both times, firefighters found that an oil burning furnace in the shop was putting out heavier smoke than normal. An employee was able to adjust the device to minimize the smoke. Firefighters spent 15 minutes at the scene both Friday and Saturday morning.
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