EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. – (DRG News) A fire that broke out at an Eagle Butte home Saturday is being investigated by Tribal Police. Acting Chief Chad Olson of the Cheyenne River Law Enforcement Agency says the fire occurred at a home in southeast Eagle Butte in the Habitat Housing area on Saturday evening. It was reported to responders about 7:00 p.m. No one was injured.
Olson says the fire reportedly started on the exterior of the home. Eagle Butte Fire Chief Rick Neigel says it either started in a refrigerator that was placed outside or on a nearby deck and it spread from there-catching the whole south side of the house on fire and spreading into the attic of the single family dwelling. Olson says the occupants lost some of their belongings in the fire, which he says caused extensive damage to the home. No other structures were threatened. Firefighters worked about three hours to put out the blaze, which Neigel believes caused about $50,000 damage. Olson did not identify the occupants of the home, but says the tribe is working to arrange for a temporary residence for them.
A fundraiser was held for the family yesterday at the Dupree High School Gymnasium. The booster club organized a t-shirt auction and gathered monetary donations-totaling at least $2,600.
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