Structure Fire—3700 South Bahnson Avenue
On Sunday, February 26, 2017, at 5:27 p.m., Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 3700 South Bahnson Avenue. The family was home at the time of the fire and was made aware of the fire by a neighbor who knocked on the door to check on them. All residents were able to evacuate prior to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue’s arrival.
First-arriving crews reported heavy fire and smoke coming from a fully involved garage fire of a single-family home. The fire had extended to several vehicles adjacent to the garage in the driveway and had breached the roof and was impinging on the house. The first crew began an attack on the main body of the fire in the garage trying to contain its spread, while the remaining crews worked on the perimeter and the roof to extinguish the fire. It took nearly an hour to contain the main body of the fire, and crews worked for several hours more to find and extinguish extension and hot spots. A crew was kept on scene throughout the night to monitor conditions. The garage and five vehicles were total losses while the home suffered major damage due to fire, smoke, and water damage.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with 5 fire trucks, 5 support vehicles, the Fire Chaplain, and 25 firefighters. The cause of the fire is under investigation by Sioux Falls Fire Rescue’s Inspector Tyler Tjeerdsma. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was assisted on scene by the Sioux Falls Police Department, Paramedics Plus Ambulance, Xcel Energy, MidAmerican Energy, Sioux Falls Water Department, and the American Red Cross.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would remind residents to test their smoke detectors monthly, check the detector’s expiration date, and change the batteries when you change your clocks.