Structure Fire—112 North Phillips Avenue
On December 21, 2017, Thursday evening, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a fire alarm at the Huey Apartments building downtown on Phillips Avenue. The first arriving crew was investigating water coming from an upper floor when they found smoke on the third floor. That crew encountered heavy smoke in the apartment of origin and found that the building’s fire sprinkler system had extinguished the fire prior to their arrival. Crews evacuated the building and confirmed there were no occupants in the fire apartment. There were no injuries to civilians or first responders reported. Due to the inclement weather, Sioux Falls Police Department shuttled the displaced occupants for immediate shelter at the downtown Holiday Inn.
The building sustained light smoke damage on the fire floor and some water damage below the fire apartment. Six apartments in the 45-unit apartment building were not able to be reoccupied immediately following the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Fire Prevention Division of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with five fire trucks, three support vehicles, and 23 firefighters. Assistance was provided by Metro Communications, Sioux Falls Police Department, Public Works, MidAmerican Energy, Xcel Energy, and the Red Cross.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would like to recognize the significant impact the working fire sprinkler system had in containing the fire to the room of origin. This system minimized property damage and protected the occupants from danger.
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