PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A structure fire in Pierre last night resulted in injuries to the resident of the home and two pets died of smoke inhalation. The Pierre Fire Department was told of the fire about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday-at 1319 West Capitol Avenue. Deputy Fire Chief Ian Paul says the lone occupant of the home, an adult male, had escaped and was at a neighbor’s home, but says the man had suffered burns.
Paul says when they arrived, firefighters found smoke coming from the doors and eaves of home. Firefighters entered the smaller, three-level home and were able to knock down the blaze quickly. The flames were kept to the main level of the home, but Paul says there was smoke and heat damage to the basement and an upper loft in the structure. He says the main structure was not compromised by the fire, but estimates that the blaze caused $50,000 in damage to the walls, carpet, contents and other interior features of the home. After extinguishing the flames, crews spent the rest of the time there overhauling the scene to keep the fire from reigniting.
Two cats perished as the result of smoke inhalation and the man in the home at the time was transported by ambulance to the hospital. The extent of his injuries are not yet known. The fire is believed to be accidental in nature, but the cause is still under investigation. Besides thirty Pierre firefighters; other agencies assisting at the scene included law enforcement-which offered traffic control in the neighborhood, American Medical Response Ambulance, and the Oahe Chapter of the American Red Cross. City electric and water crews were also called to assist with shutting off the home’s utilities. Paul says last night’s cold temperatures didn’t hamper firefighting efforts, but crews always try to prepare for winter fire calls.
Last night’s fire was confined to the interior of the unit and no other nearby homes were threatened. Paul says the fire department was on scene at the fire until 12:30 a.m. this morning.
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