Sioux Falls, SD
Three structure fires in less than 24 hours, and all three leave behind significant damage. The first came shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Monday at an apartment building near 10th St. and Cleveland Ave. The next came shortly after 7:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at a mobile home on West 12th St. The last one happened at 6:00 pm Tuesday at a home on Wayland Ave.
"When we pulled up, there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the structure. It was under control in about five minutes, we got a good attack on it," Capt. Grant Van Riesen said.
With the exception of the fire melting parts of a firefighter's equipment, nobody was hurt. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
It is a day like this that puts a firefighter's extensive training to good use.
"Every fire and every structure fire and every structure is different. A lot of that goes into a lot of training and practice which we do every day," Van Riesen said.
Crews come in each day with no specific schedule or game plan, but that's on purpose. It has them ready for anything.
"I think part of this job is the unknown. These guys come to work every day, they're mentally prepared to do their job no matter if it's early in the morning or late afternoon," Van Riesen said.
Included in all the training for Sioux Falls Fire Rescue members is the constant reminder to stay hydrated, especially on a busy day like Tuesday.
"The importance is no matter the time of year, hydration is always important, so we try to keep everybody hydrated," Van Riesen said. "Everybody's responsible to make sure your partner or your crew members are staying hydrated and staying in shape."
It's a job that doesn't go the typical work schedule. Even if one crew is responding to a fire, others are always on stand-by just in case they're needed for assistance.