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Posted on: August 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] WFR Responds to multiple fires

Waverly Fire 2020

At 1016 Sunday morning WFR was dispatched to a camper on fire in Memorial Park.  Upon arrival fire crews found that a bathroom fan in a pull type camper had burned up causing a small fire and moderate damage to the camper.  Crews were assisted by by-standers that had used fire extinguishers prior to arrival to keep the fire from spreading throughout the camper.  The fire was extinguished using a pressurized water can.  The smoke was blown out with a fan.  

At 1150 WFR was dispatched to a wheat field on fire near the intersection of 460th Ave and Oak street in rural Codington County.  The fire was extinguished by the farmer and field cultivating equipment prior to arrival.  Fire crews used hoses to wet down the area to ensure the fire was out.  It appears to have started in the road ditch by discarded smoking materials.  

At 252pm WFR crews were dispatched to a mutual aid call with South Shore Area Fire Department.  The fire was at 215 1st Ave in Waverly. The call stated that there was a man trapped on the roof of a house and the house was on fire.  The man had to jump off the roof to avoid the smoke and flames prior to fire department arrival.  The man was assessed by South Shore Ambulance members and did not need further treatment.  Fire crews were on scene for about 6 hours.  The house and most of the contents were a total loss.  Firefighters were hampered by the high humidity and temperatures at the time.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  South Shore Fire Department also requested assistance from Stockholm Fire Department, Florence Fire Department( who also assisted with a grass fire in South Shore’s area at the same time) Codington County Emergency Management, Codington County Sheriff Office, Codington County Search and Dive Rescue and local farmers who provided water for suppression.

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