No one was injured in a Friday afternoon fire near Black Hawk that produced 50-foot-high jets of flame and menaced a nearby trailer court.
The fire, which consumed two outbuildings at 4758 Sturgis Road, started shortly before 3 p.m. and was fully contained about two hours later.
Its cause is unknown but “might be suspicious,” said Dennis Mallow, fire chief of the Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department. A full investigation will take several days.
Firefighters from eight local agencies contained the fire before it could destroy any other buildings. A nearby home suffered some smoke and heat damage, while the fire burned within a few hundred yards of a trailer court.
The home had been unoccupied for several years since the death of its previous owner, Mallow said.
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Efforts to fight the fire were complicated by other blazes around the area, including a major wildfire on Cowboy Hill that occupied more than 100 emergency personnel most of Friday.
“It was kind of stretched thin for a while,” said Kurt Klunder, a firefighter-paramedic with the Rapid City Fire Department, who was the incident commander at the Black Hawk fire.
When Klunder first arrived on scene, the intense heat of the burning buildings initially kept firefighters at a distance. Thick clouds of black smoke filled the air and blew west toward Rapid City.
Parts of Sturgis Road north of Universal Drive were closed during the incident so emergency personnel could get to and from the scene.
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