Officials investigate what caused fire at Sioux Falls apartment complex


Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded to a report of a structure fire at 4209 S. West Ave. on Tuesday evening.

On arrival, crews reported smoke and flames coming from the lower level of an 8 unit apartment complex. Initial reports indicated that there may still be a child inside.

Crews made entry and conducted a primary search simultaneously on both the upper and lower level. The crew that entered the lower level encountered high heat, heavy smoke, and flames.

Fire crews confirmed that all residents had safely evacuated the building and the fire was extinguished in approximately 15 minutes. There was extensive fire and smoke damage to one apartment and moderate smoke damage to the rest of the complex.

During the search, fire personnel discovered and rescued two cats and a dog. All 3 animals were given to residents outside the structure.

Fire crews conducted a secondary search and remained on scene an additional 4 hours to ventilate the building and ensure all hot spots had been extinguished.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries. The American Red Cross was notified and offered assistance to approximately 21 residents.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue encourages all residents to have working smoke detectors and a practiced escape plan in the event of a fire emergency.


Officials are investigating what caused a fire at an apartment complex near the 4200 block of South West Avenue in Sioux Falls. It started around 8:15 PM Tuesday night. Smoke could be seen from I-229 in Sioux Falls.

Fire crews said everyone was able to get out of the building safely though.

Leia England lives at the apartment complex. She said she was changing her baby's diaper when the fire alarm went off. Someone started banging on her door, and she opened it up to find smoke in the hallway and one of her neighbors telling her to get out.

"I'm very shaken up right now. Terrifying. I grew up, and I had a house fire when I was little, so this is definitely a little much for me," she said. "But we got the baby out, and that's what's important."

The Red Cross was also at the fire, helping those who were affected.

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