Person injured, pet killed in Wednesday afternoon house fire in eastern Sioux Falls

Nearly 20 firefighters from five trucks were able to extinguish the main body of the fire in roughly 10 minutes.

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Hunter Dunteman / Forum News Service

SIOUX FALLS — One person was injured and a pet was killed in a Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 18, house fire in eastern Sioux Falls.

Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19, fire crews were dispatched to a residence in the 5200 block of East Madison Street, roughly three-fourths of a mile northeast of Washington High School, for a report of a structure fire.

When they arrived, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue saw smoke coming from the burning home.

One civilian suffered minor injuries from the blaze, according to a news release from Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. A pet also died as a result of the fire.

The fire was extinguished by 18 firefighters from five trucks. Crews then remained on scene for several hours to ensure the fire was fully put out, according to the release.


A fire investigator confirmed the home had no sprinkler system and is continuing their work to determine the cause of the fire.

Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was assisted in their response by Patient Care Plus EMS, the Sioux Falls Police Department, Xcel Energy, MidAmerican Energy, Sioux Falls Animal Control and the Red Cross.

The house fire was the second of two fires reported in Sioux Falls on Wednesday. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue gave no indication that either of the fires appear connected.

A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on local news in Sioux Falls. He also writes regional news spanning across the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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