Sioux Falls Fire Rescue is still investigating the cause of an apartment fire that caused problems with power lines.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue crews say they were called to the home near 16th Street and Minnesota Avenue just before Midnight Monday. When crews arrived they found heavy fire inside the building along with energized power lines causing electrical arcing.
Investigator Shannon Galbreath said the fire started in the rear of the apartment. Galbreath said the back apartment and attic were affected by the fire. Other apartments in the building had water damage.
Galbreath said the power lines, which were arcing, have been ruled out as a cause of the fire. Galbreath said investigators believe the fire started inside the apartment but the cause is still under investigation.
Galbreath said an update on the investigation could come Tuesday.
Crews believe 8 people were inside the building when the fire started, possibly in several different apartments. No one was hurt. Those people were able to get outside and then watched crews fight this difficult fire. It was tough for crews to fight this fire because of live wires. They had to take a defensive approach to fighting this fire until power could get cut off to the live wires.
The building took on severe fire and water damage and did not have a Fire Suppression Sprinkler System. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue would like to remind everyone to have a fire evacuation plan and practice it. The American Red Cross was on the scene to help people living in the building.
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