No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a trailer home east of Box Elder this morning, and fire crews were able to rescue a cat from the blaze.
Jerome Harvey, Pennington County fire administrator, said there was no one in the structure off Tyler Trail east of Box Elder at the time of the fire, but said it was being used as a residence. A person driving past the home called in the fire at 6:19 a.m. and the cause is under investigation. When emergency personnel arrived, the trailer home had flames coming out the roof and it was billowing smoke.
The cat is "alive and well," according to Harvey, but the home is considered a total loss.
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The firefighters spent several hours at the scene this morning, mopping up the blaze and making sure the structure was completely out.
"The volunteer fire departments here are doing a great job; it's the backbone of the American fire service," Harvey said.
Fire departments working on the scene included Box Elder, Rapid Valley, North Haines and Ellsworth Air Force Base, Harvey said.