Man dies in Rapid City brush fire, police investigate

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Authorities say a man has died of smoke inhalation in a brush fire in Rapid City.

The victim was discovered when police and firefighters responded to the fire Saturday night. The man has not been identified.

The fire broke out in a wooded area just southwest of a commercial building and near the north bank of Rapid Creek. Police say the area is occupied by many homeless people. Several people were in the area when the fire spread. A witness told police the man didn’t make it out of the fire.

Forensic testing is needed to identify the man due to his serious injuries.

 

October 15, 2020