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Busy Holiday For SF Fire Rescue Crews

December 26, 2013, 10:12 PM by Brady Mallory

Busy Holiday For SF Fire Rescue Crews

After a pair of devastating fires, Sioux Falls business owners are still figuring out the total cost for their losses.  Flames tore through Zaroty Pizzeria and VIP Nails early Christmas morning.

"Not the way I envisioned waking up yesterday morning for Christmas at all," Craig Larsen, Zaroty Pizzeria Kitchen Manager, said.

There are still questions about what started the fire, but Larsen knows the flames damaged more than just a building.

"Quite a blow for all of us," Larsen said.

"It's a sad thing, and around the holidays, it's even more sad," Jeff Helm, SF Fire Rescue, said.

These are just two of the situations that kept Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Crews busier than usual just within the last few days.  Firefighters responded to 54 service calls from Christmas Eve to the day after Christmas.  In total, that is 13 more than last year.  Helm said there were four structural fires, but also three serious car crashes.  According to Helm, about 70 percent of what firefighters deal with are medical situations.

"We've got a great group of crews and members that are EMTs, so we can take that first initial first-aid care they need to get to them to the point to get them to the hospital," Helm said.

Firefighters are always on the go and have been relying on Twitter to include others in developing situations.

"If there's something emergency-related that needs to be said, that's the place they can find it," Helm said.

Zaroty Pizzeria employees have their own battle.  Even with an outpouring of public support, re-building will take much more than just one day.  However, Larsen said these charred remains will be a restaurant once again.

"We're fighters.  That Midwest mentality.  Something knocks you down, you brush yourself off and get back up and go back at it," Larsen said.

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