Fire Damages Pierre Residence Saturday Morning

(KCCR) — Pierre firefighters battled both fire and ice as they responded to a structure fire during the winter storm Saturday morning. Fire Chief Ian Paul says crews responded to the call around 11:45 am in the 300 block of South Pierce Street…

“And when we got on scene, we noted fire showing on the outside of the home; the south side of the home.  It was being hit with an extinguisher by the occupant there and also by law enforcement as well.  That slowed down the progression of the fire.  when our fire engine got on scene, we were able to knock down the majority of the fire with the hose line and then transition to an interior attack and move towards the location of the fire.  When all the fire was extinguished, there was heavy fire damage in that one corner of the home and we had heavy smoke damage throughout the home.”
Paul says a winter storm, which ended up dropping eight-inches of snow on Pierre, didn’t cause many issues for firefighters…

“We did have, you know, heavy snow on the ground as a result of the snowfall that fell the night before and that morning. You know, it did slow down a little bit, the response, but not by very much.  The street plows were already out doing their thing and making good progress around the city, but you know, all our firefighters are volunteers, so a lot of them are out there digging themselves out and everything to that nature, but the response was pretty good on everybody’s behalf and the fire was knocked down relatively quickly.”
Paul says the fire is a good reminder to make sure smoke detectors are in proper working order…

“The fire department does have those for free, at no cost.   You just call down to the fire station at 773-7401 and we’ll get  you set up with a smoke detectors.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Paul says it does not appear suspicious in nature. The Red Cross is providing temporary assistance to the two occupants of the residence.