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One person was injured Friday in a structure fire at Pactola Pines Marina.

"Fortunately, we're at the end of the wet season," said Todd Tobin, public information officer with the Johnson Siding Volunteer Fire Department. "If this was in August, we'd probably have a very different incident."

The fire started around 4:45 p.m. at Pactola Pines Marina at Lake Pactola west of Rapid City. Within two hours, it was contained. A spokeswoman for Regional Health confirmed at least one victim was air-lifted to Rapid City Regional.

"He was the only injury to the fire," Tobin said. 

The cause of the fire at a metallic out building is being investigated. Upon arrival, firefighters found a single, 30-foot-by-60-foot building that comprised a workshop and laundry service for campers consumed with flames.

"We came in force very quickly from surrounding areas," said Tobin, who said fire personnel looked to fill the building with as much water as possible. "We were able to contain the fire, knock the majority of the fire down, and mop up."

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He said fire officials will continue to monitor the fire for the next couple days, as there will be smoldering and smoke coming from the building. There was no spread to other buildings on the property.

A website for Pactola Pines Marina says it specializes in "pontoon rentals and seasonal moorage for your own pontoon, sport, or fishing boat."

On Thursday evening, the Johnson Siding VFD tweeted out a warning about safety tips for marinas and boating. "Boats can be a great source of summer fun and leisure. But boaters, swimmers and marina staff must be aware of dangers in and around the water." 

All told, nine law enforcement agencies, including six fire departments from the central Black Hills, assisted.

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