Today marks the one year anniversary of a deadly fire that claimed the lives of three children in Sioux Falls, only to have their mother charged with using drugs at the time of the blaze.
Around 8 a.m. on a cold Saturday Morning, a fire ripped through a home at 1100 North Main Avenue.
When crews arrived at the scene they did all they could to save the children inside, but were stopped due to the high heat coming from the blaze. The three children, 16-year-old Michael Hensely, 12-year-old Savannah Coon and 6-year-old Alivia Coon were found on the second floor inside the home.
The two adults that were living at the home were outside the home when authorities arrived. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras said that day was difficult for all involved.
“It's very frustrating and that's why we have our Fire Chaplin here, our employee assistance will be contacted, just because they can't do it. It's a pretty helpless feeling when you're here and you’re trying to get in to save people,” Sideras said back on December 22, 2012.
Following the fire Rhiannon White, the mother of the three children was charged with drug possession. Police say she had meth, ecstasy and marijuana in her system immediately after the fire. She is currently serving a six year sentence for felony drug possession charges.