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February 07, 2018 11:56 AM

Equipment, Tools Lost In Building Fire Near Wanblee

Pine Ridge Reservation

Firefighters battled against cold temperatures while working to save outbuildings during an overnight fire on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

According to the Pennington County Fire, a structure received extensive damage about 3 miles west of Wanblee. A tool shop along with ranching equipment such as a tractor and baler were lost in the fire.

Fire crews were able to stop the flames from spreading to nearby buildings and other infrastructure. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Wind chills were recorded from zero degrees to five below while firefighters were at the scene.

Volunteer fire departments from Wanblee, Kadoka, and Long Valley responded to the scene. Pennington County 911, Oglala Sioux Tribe Emergency Management, and Oglala Sioux Tribe Ambulance also assisted.
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