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April 02, 2017 10:07 AM

Fire Leaves Five Children Dead In Spearfish

Spearfish, SD

Five children are dead after an early morning house fire in Spearfish on Saturday. It's something officials are calling an unspeakable horror. 

At about 4:30 Saturday morning, officials were called to a fire near Black Hills State University on Ames Street in Spearfish.

"Our units responded immediately, fire units responded immediately.  When they arrived, the structure was fully engulfed," Lt. Boyd Dean, Spearfish Police Department said.

Firefighters found a two-story home that also had an apartment inside of it.

"Firefighters tried to make entry when the neighbors and family told them that there were children trapped inside.  They did what they could but the volume of fire, there was just no way they could get in to do a search," Chief Mark Sachara, Spearfish Fire Department, said.

The children who died in the fire were between the ages of 6 and 11. Adults who were trying to help rescue the kids were taken to the hospital. The fire took a little over an hour to put out.

"It was difficult to get to because the roof had already started to collapse in the center; we just couldn't put firefighters inside," Sachara said.

Counselors and the Red Cross have been helping family members.

"What we've seen this morning is an unspeakable horror but some extreme professionalism from our law enforcements, our firefighters, and our medical personnel," Dean said.  "We've already been seeing an outpouring of community support."

The fire is still under investigation
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