Structure Fire—519 South Duluth Avenue
At 1:28 a.m., Tuesday morning, May 29, 2018, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 519 South Duluth Avenue.
First-arriving crews reported flames on approach from a third-story window in a multifamily residential home with extension to the exterior of the structure. The initial fire attack knocked the fire down from the exterior of the structure prior to making entry. The crew made entry and proceeded to the third floor and extinguished the main body of the fire in Apartment 7. In coordination with fire attack, they conducted a primary search of the apartment. The fire was brought under control within 15 minutes of arrival.
The next crew on scene made entry on the first floor and conducted a primary search of apartments on that level to ensure all occupants were out of the building. After clearing the first floor, they proceeded to clear apartments on the second floor and in the basement. After conducting primary searches on all four levels of the structure, it was determined that everyone had exited safely. A crew will remain on scene throughout the night to monitor conditions.
There were multiple residents displaced by the fire. The American Red Cross was working with the families to find them temporary lodging for the night. Most apartments suffered water damage, while the affected fire apartment was completely destroyed and would be uninhabitable. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters due to the fire; however, several pets were lost in the fire.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with five fire trucks, four support vehicles, and 26 firefighters. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was assisted on scene by the Sioux Falls Police Department, the American Red Cross, Paramedics Plus ambulance, Xcel Energy, MidAmerican Energy, and Sioux Falls Animal Control.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would like to remind residents to test their smoke detectors monthly, check the detector’s expiration date, and have an evacuation plan in place for your family.