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House Fire on North 10th Avenue

On Sunday, February 12, 2017, at 1:43 a.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a house on fire on North 10th Avenue. The initial report came from a Sioux Falls Police Officer that was patrolling the area. The first-arriving fire crew reported heavy smoke coming from a single-family home.

Upon entry, the crew immediately found the sole occupant inside the home. The occupant was removed but had sustained fatal injuries. It took crews 45 minutes to bring the fire under control. The structure sustained major fire damage throughout. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with 5 fire trucks, 5 support vehicles, and 22 Firefighters. There were no Firefighter injuries reported.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews were assisted on scene by the Sioux Falls Police Department, Paramedics Plus Ambulance, Med-Star Ambulance, MidAmerican Energy, Xcel Energy, and the Bureau of ATF. ATF responds as a standard practice to assist Sioux Falls Fire Prevention investigators on scene.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would like to remind our residents and visitors to have an escape plan in case of an emergency. Escape plans should include two means of egress and should be practiced regularly.

For more information from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, visit www.siouxfalls.org/fire or follow us on Twitter @SiouxFallsFire.