A fire in Rapid Valley Friday night that burned down a garage apartment has left a family of five without a home.
Rapid Valley Fire Chief Tim Kobes said the fire might have been started by fireworks. He said it was reported just after 5 p.m. and firefighters did not leave the scene until close to 10 p.m.
A garage apartment separate from the house was completely destroyed along with a pickup truck that was inside the garage section of the apartment, said resident Kaylee Sparks.
Only the family cat, Simba, was injured with a broken leg, singed whiskers and burns on the bottom of his paws. The big orange, fluffy cat spent the night at the veterinarian's office and will face extensive recovery efforts.
Sparks put out a call on Craiglist for help. She and her family lost everything they own and the vet bill is an estimated $800, she said.
She, her husband Rodney and their three children — a 2-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl, and 7-year-old boy — recently moved from Washington state to Rapid City to be closer to Rodney's father, who was having health problems, Sparks said.
"We just restarted and everything started going good," Sparks said. "And now we are having to restart all over again."