UPDATE: Fire at welding company under control, SFFR, ATF investigating

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - UPDATE 5/17/2018 11 P.M.

Photo courtesy of John Hay

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Division Chief Steve Fessler says the fire is under control and anyone who was evacuated can return to their homes. The American Red Cross was open during the one-mile evacuation radius to take in displaced residents.

Fessler says the cause of the fire is still under investigation and crews will remain on site this evening to monitor the scene and ensure nothing flares up overnight.

Firefighters were able to utilize a drone to get a better look at the scene and determine how to best fight the fire. Fessler said it was the first time they've had an incident they could try it out for.

"It was extremely helpful to get a good visual with what was going on in the fire area," Fessler said. "We were able to use the drone to position and tell the crews where to aim the stream."

Fessler said some streets are still barricaded while SFFR monitors the scene. 9th St. and Kiwanis Ave. to Harlem Ave. and then from 7th and Harlem down to 9th St.

SFFR was assisted by Sioux Falls Police, South Dakota Highway Patrol, Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office, Paramedics Plus, Minnehaha County Emergency Management, MidAmerican, Xcel Energy and many other agencies. ATF is on scene assisting the investigation.

KSFY News Reporter Vanessa Gomez will have the latest on this fire Friday morning starting at 5 a.m. on KSFY Morning News.

UPDATE:

Fire officials say the cause of a fire at a welding company in Sioux Falls Thursday evening is still under investigation.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue says no one was hurt after explosions and a fire broke out at A-OX Welding Supply Company at 101 N. Harlem Ave. near Thunder Road.

Businesses and homes in about a half-mile radius were evacuated. Anyone in need of services can visit the American Red Cross who have opened a center at 808 N. West Avenue.

The Sioux Falls Police Department has barricaded many of the streets near the scene, and the public is asked to avoid the area.

Reporter Erika Leigh will have more on this story on KSFY News at 10:00.
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ORIGINAL:

Crews are on the scene of a fire in north central Sioux Falls.

The fire is on N. Harlem Avenue near 9th Street to the west of Thunder Road at A-OX, a welding plant.

Fire, smoke and explosions could be seen and heard from a distance.

Firefighters on the scene say nearby businesses are being evacuated and streets are being blocked off. Only emergency personnel are being allowed within a mile radius.

There has been no reports of injuries.

This is a developing story. KSFY News has a crew on the scene and will bring more details as they become available.