Home destroyed in fire

This Custer Street house was destroyed Wednesday in an early afternoon fire. Pioneer photo by Paul Baker

 

UPDATE:

BELLE FOURCHE — A Belle Fourche home was destroyed in an early afternoon fire Wednesday.

Around noon, firefighters with the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of the blaze on Custer Street from neighbors of the house.

Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered the house was fully engulfed in flames.

Assistant Chief James Moross said the attack on the house went well but was slowed a bit when the roof began to collapse.

He said three Belle Fourche engines and about a dozen firefighters responded to the scene. Later, assistance from the Nisland/Arpan Volunteer Fire Department was requested and received.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about three-and-a-half hours. 

JaLynda Newlander, who lives in the home with her family, told the Pioneer that she and her sister were in the yard at the time the fire started. Newlander looked up and saw the smoke. Newlander ran in the back door and a neighbor ran inside the front door in an attempt to save items inside the home.

No injuries were reported.

Moross said the home was a total loss.

The fire remains under investigation.

A fund has been set up at Northern Hills Federal Credit Union under the name Dalton White Buffalo Donation Fund.

People wishing to make donations of clothing and other items may dropped off 613 Custer St. to Debbie Pitt, or at J & L Flooring located at 190 15th St. Rapid City. For more information, call Karen Carlton at 484-1339. 

Clothing sizes are:

Girls 2T-3T clothes, 3T panties, and 6T shoes.

Womenís 16-18, large shirt, shoes 8-8.5

Menís medium shirts, 30x30 pants, shoes 7-7.5.

Furniture, kitchen items, toiletries, a toddler bed, and toys appropriate for a 3-year-old are also needed.

Original story

BELLE FOURCHE — A Belle Fourche home was destroyed in an early afternoon fire Wednesday.

Around noon, firefighters with the Belle Fourche Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of the blaze on Custer Street from neighbors of the house.

Upon their arrival, firefighters discovered the house was fully engulfed in flames.

Assistant Chief James Moross said the attack on the house went well but was slowed a bit when the roof began to collapse.

He said three Belle Fourche engines and about a dozen firefighters responded to the scene. Later, assistance from the Nisland/Arpan Volunteer Fire Department was requested and received.

Firefighters remained on the scene for about three-and-a-half hours.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

Moross said the home was a total loss.

The fire remains under investigation.

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