Custer, Hill City fire crews respond to Thursday night structure fires

News StaffJanuary 21, 2022News
courtesy Pennington County FireGarage fire in Hill City Thursday night.

CUSTER, S.D. – Firefighters in the southern hills battled a pair of fires in Custer and Hill City Thursday night.

In Custer, fire crews responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Harney Street. First arriving firefighters found a free burning fire in the interior of a two story residential structure with fire extending to the exterior and roof assembly of the structure, and immediately struck a second alarm, eventually the fire went to multiple alarms.

Firefighters from a two state, multi-county area, facing freezing temperatures and darkness, contained the fire to the structure of origin.

There were no reports of injuries.

The Black Hills Fire Chaplains Association and the Red Cross Serving Central and Western South Dakota are assisting the occupant.

Meanwhile, in Hill City, volunteer firefighters responded to a fire in a detached garage, in the 400 block of Allen Gulch Road.

Crews found a fire burning with a moderate smoke condition, in a detached garage extending into the roof.

Rapid attack by volunteer firefighters in temperatures of 26 degrees, confined the fire to the initial structure, although radiant heat did cause damage to an adjacent residential structure.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the two fires are under investigation.