CENTRAL CITY — A man residing in a RV at a home just off Maitland Road was injured Monday when the motorhome in which he was living, several other vehicles and a garage were destroyed in a fire.
Doug Baldwin, who was living in the motorhome at the home of Matt and Becky Bruer, on Mollman Lane was rushed to Deadwood Regional Hospital and then to Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment. He was later discharged. He suffered burns and smoke inhalation.
The Bruer’s 17-year-old daughter Genny pulled Baldwin from the motorhome that was filled with smoke. Genny said he was lying next to the door as if he was trying to get out.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Becky noticed white smoke coming from the garage area and tried to call 911. The call would not go through, she said. She then called her husband in Sturgis who relayed the message.
“There was lots of white smoke,” Becky said of the fire when she first spotted it. “It went up so fast,”
Walking up the road to his home Matt did not know if the fire spread to his house.
“I just gotta know if my house is OK,” he said. And then as he rounded it bend the house came into view.
“Oh thank you God.”
It was untouched.
Then the site of the newly-remodeled garage came into view.
“It’s gone. The whole thing is gone,” he said.
The garage and five vehicles were destroyed, said Bill Glover, the chief of the Deadwood Fire Department. Several pets died in the blaze.
Fire officials said the fire originated in the large motorhome in which Baldwin was rescued, but the cause was not yet determined.
“It is just a frame,” Glover said.
Firefighters said a large number of propane tanks on the site hindered the efforts.
“They vented off enough to get everyone’s attention,” he said.
Members of the Deadwood, Lead and Brownsville fire departments as well as Lawrence County Emergency Management and state forestry responded to the blaze.
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