Fire Crews Spend Thursday Night Fighting Storage Building Fire North of Pierre

C & L Storage Fire July 18, 2013 (Courtesy Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A portion of multi-unit storage building north of Pierre received extensive damage in a fire that broke out last night.  Pierre Rural Fire Chief Jason Roggow says the blaze occurred in the 11-unit storage facility on Shoreline Street-just off Highway 1804 east of Spring Creek Marina.  The 120 X 30 foot building was reported to be burning about 8:45 p.m. last night.  On arrival, Roggow says firefighters found the southern half of the building fully engulfed in flames and the fire had burned through the roof of the structure.  Roggow says five of  the units on the southern side of the structure were completely burned.  They held contents, ranging from boats, to jet skis, motorcycles, artwork, tools and fishing equipment.  Roggow says further away from the fire, three of the units had extensive damage and the northern three may have received water damage.  A total damage amount from the fire has yet to be determined and Roggow says the State Fire Marshal’s Office was at the scene of the blaze this morning to investigate its cause.  Several area fire departments provided mutual aid at the fire, including the Pierre Rescue Squad, Fort Pierre Fire Department and Onida Fire Department. Roggow says he also requested that law enforcement assist with traffic control near the burning building-and units from the Highway Patrol and Hughes and Stanley County Sheriff’s Departments responded.  Roggow says firefighters were able to leave the scene after midnight, but one Pierre Rural unit stayed at the scene all night until investigators could come to check the site this morning. No other nearby structures were threatened in the Thursday night fire.

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