TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN
Charred documents and records from the Rapid City town office lie on the ground Monday after a fire claimed the building and the community’s fire hall.
Fire departments around Rapid City have stepped up to help out after a devastating fire burned down that town’s fire hall.
Departments from the South Central Mutual Aid District have banded together to provide Rapid City firefighters with a pumper truck, turnout gear, fire hoses, nozzles, ladders and other much-needed equipment.
It has been delivered to Rapid City and was placed into service Monday evening — less than 24 hours after the blaze ripped through Rapid City’s fire hall and town office, destroying them both.
Rapid City firefighters were able to save a rescue vehicle from their burning hall, but were forced to watch their new tanker, recently acquired pumper and other equipment burn.
Throughout Monday, nearby fire departments in the district worked to gather and prepare equipment that could be donated or loaned to Rapid City.
They also say they’ll work to assist Rapid City in providing emergency response services and will support Rapid City however else they can.
The South Central Mutual Aid District is made up of fire departments from Strathclair, Oak River, Rivers/Daly, Rapid City, Minnedosa, RM of Harrison (including stations at Newdale and Sandy Lake), Onanole and Erickson.
Meanwhile, investigators said yesterday that they had determined the cause of the fire.
It’s believed to have been electrical in nature, and is not considered suspicious.
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 23, 2013