Crews respond to fatal fire in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - One person is dead after a house fire Tuesday morning along Highway 16, just north of Catron Boulevard in Rapid City.

Firefighters got the call at about 8:15 a.m.; and when they arrived, they quickly called in a second alarm; bringing more units from the Rapid City Fire Department.

"A passerby reported flames coming from the residence behind me,” Sgt. Paul Stevens, Pennington County Sherriff’s Office, said

Fire crews say they were able to knock down the fire fairly quickly ... Within 15 to 20 minutes ... But say they weren't able to save the one occupant of the house.

Jerome Harvey, Pennington County Fire administrator, says "We did have one firefighter who was injured in the process of removing the patient from the fire. He did sustain minor injuries."

The fire is now being investigated by the state fire marshal and the Pennington County Sheriff's Office.

Stevens says there's nothing apparent to indicate foul play in the fire, but says it's way too early to tell for sure. He also says it appears at this point that the victim died in the fire, but again says that's a part of the investigation.

There's no word on the cause of the fire.