Construction Fire at Kenny Anderson Park

At 8:04 p.m. on June 19, 2017, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue (SFFR) responded to a report of a structure fire at 3918 East Sixth Street.

Prior to SFFR arrival, the Sioux Falls Police Department (SFPD) advised incoming units that there was construction material fully involved with smoke and flames coming from the southeast corner of Kenny Anderson Park. SFFR units arrived on scene and confirmed that there were approximately four pallets of Styrofoam insulation sheets on fire. SFPD assisted with setting up a safe perimeter, ensuring bystanders wouldn’t be exposed to the smoke and gases coming from the burning Styrofoam.

Fire crews moved the uninvolved pallets of sheeting material away from the burning pallets in order to limit fire extension and damage to the owner’s construction materials. Crews extinguished the bulk of the fire in eight to ten minutes. SFFR personnel began separating each insulation sheet from all the involved pallets to uncover hot spots and extinguish any remaining fire. All separated sheets were covered with water and foam.

There were no injuries to bystanders or responders. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with 14 personnel, 3 fire trucks, and 2 support vehicles. The fire’s cause is still under investigation.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would like to remind citizens that burning plastics release toxic gases and that it is best to remain upwind to limit or avoid any exposure.

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