Pierre Apartment Completely Destroyed By Wind-Fueled Fire

PIERRE — A Pierre apartment complex is a complete loss following a wind-driven fire Thursday night. Fire Chief Ian Paul says firefighters were called to one of two units at the Edgewater Apartments around six pm…

Assistant Chief Byron Caauwe says strong winds and cooling temperatures made conditions difficult…

Paul says a full evacuation of the building was made before the fire spread…

Evacuees were taken to the Lutheran Memorial Church in Pierre with help from River Cities Transit. The building also experienced multiple collapses. Paul says the wind added multiple challenges for firefighters…

The fire forced large WAPA transmission lines that hang over the apartment to be de-energized during the blaze. One firefighter was treated on-scene for a minor injured. Crews stayed on-scene in to early Friday morning to watch for flare ups.