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Fire crews battle intense flames at fatal Sioux Falls apartment fire

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An early morning apartment fire kills two and leaves three children hospitalized.

the fire was contained to one unit of a Sioux Falls apartment complex near 10th and Kiwanis.

No other injuries were reported.

Witnesses and neighbors tell me they saw huge flames this morning.

In fact, firefighters say the flames were so intense it made finding the victims very difficult.

Firefighters arrived on the scene around 8:30 this morning to find one unit of the apartment complex here in the 200 block of South Williams Avenue, fully engulfed in flames.

Fire crews evacuated residents from nearby apartments.

Firefighters say five people were in the unit which caught fire but only three made it out.

All pre-school aged children.

An adult and one child were not as fortunate.

Witnesses tell us the flames looked so intense, it seemed nearly impossible for anyone to survive.

Eyewitness Dan Bleyle said "I just seen smoke coming out. I said 'geez.' You see smoke, you come around and went around the corner and the flames were shooting all over the place. It was a lot of fire. No smoke, it was a blaze."

Sioux Falls Division Fire Chief Jeff Helm said "it was very intense flames and there's a lot of damage in the structure, a lot of fire damage. it's quite extensive in that apartment building, so it makes it more difficult to find those individuals."

Fire fighters tell us the three kids were hospitalized for smoke inhalation.

Helm says there are challenges with fighting apartment fires.

They have to make sure all of the other apartments are cleared and secured.

No fire fighters were injured and no other injuries were reported in any of the other apartments.

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