Firefighter hurt in fall while battling blaze

RAPID VALLEY, S.D. (AP) — A firefighter has been injured fighting a blaze in frigid temperatures in Rapid Valley.

The volunteer fire department on Saturday found a free-burning fire in the roof of an occupied home. Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the home and no residents were hurt. One firefighter suffered a fall and was transport to Rapid City Monument Hospital for evaluation.

Firefighters battled snow-packed and icy roads, subfreezing temperatures, frozen hoses and a lack of an on-scene water supply. Crews had to haul water to the fire in trucks.


February 21, 2022