At approximately 3:00 p.m. on May 24, 2013, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to 2119 East 30th Street North for the report of a structure fire.
On scene, fire crews encountered a mobile home fully involved in fire. There were minimal exposures so fire damage was mostly contained to the home. Three fire trucks along with a command vehicle were on scene to extinguish the fire in approximately 15 minutes.
The fire is still under investigation. The only person inside the home when the fire started says she has no idea what could have caused the fire.
"The front half of the house was on fire and I didn't even know until I opened the curtain and there was smoke everywhere," said Kylee Alford-Farley.
The 14-year-old was able to make it out of the mobile home on her own.
"I didn't believe it when I seen it and then I fainted," said Alford-Farley.
"Mobile homes in themselves are very susceptible to a fast fire spread as opposed to a traditional home, and then along with the wind, that certainly helped the fire spread," said Captain Nick Luther with Sioux Falls Fire and Rescue.
"I looked out the window and the place was engulfed in flames. People were running around screaming," said neighbor Dawn Hankel.
"There were people yelling at me trying to get me out. I tried to run back in. there were people pulling on me, holding me, I didn't know who they were. I wanted to get my pets and they wouldn't' let me back in," said Alford-Farley.
Kylee's mother and step father were met with that chaotic scene after they returned from running a quick errand.
"I guess the parents were running toward the trailer because they were worried about their animals. I just told them, 'get back, get back!'" said Hankel.
"My animals were my family, they mean everything to me," said Alford-Farley.
The family's three dogs were lost in the fire along with all of their possessions and the home Kylee's step-father lived in all his life.
"That's all we have, we don't have anything else," said Alford-Farley.
"I just hope they're provided the essentials they need because they don't have anything now," said Hankel.
Kylee's parents said they don't have insurance to cover the loss of the fire. The Red Cross is with helping the family to get through this very difficult time.
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