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Journal carrier dies after vehicle fire

Journal carrier dies after vehicle fire


A Custer County man died Wednesday from injuries suffered in a vehicle fire off Sylvan Lake Road near Custer on Monday.

Matt Morgan, 56, was a Rapid City Journal newspaper carrier who served the Custer area.

The fire occurred around 6:55 a.m. Monday. Morgan was transported to Custer Regional Hospital and later airlifted to a burn center in Colorado, Custer Volunteer Fire Department first assistant chief Bill Bell told the Custer County Chronicle.

An employee of Hespen Excavation initially responded to the fire, pulling Morgan from the vehicle, which was engulfed in flames. Four Custer firefighters and two U.S. Forest Service firefighters later responded to the scene. Deputies from the Custer County Sheriff’s Office and the Office of Emergency Management also assisted.

Morgan's injuries included burn wounds and excessive smoke inhalation.

The State Fire Marshall's Office, part of the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, is investigating the fire but declined to comment on the incident.

Contact Samuel Blackstone at 394-8428 or at

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