Three agencies respond to True Dakotan fire

Multiple agencies worked together cohesively and efficiently to safely isolate and extinguish the fire. 

Three area FDs respond to Main Street fire

The Wessington Springs, Alpena and Woonsocket Volunteer Fire Departments  responded to a structure fire at the True Dakotan newspaper building located on Main Street in Wessington Springs Friday morning. 

Local residents witnessed smoke exiting the building through a wall AC unit at approximately 8:20 a.m. and the Wessington Springs Fire Department (WSFD) was dispatched to the scene soon after. With assistance from the Alpena and Woonsocket Fire Departments, the firemen were able to quickly isolate the fire to the rear of the building and basement. Ruled an accidental fire, the cause was deemed to be electrical. 

WSFD remained on scene most of the day as smoldering debris in the basement caused flare-ups during the afternoon hours.  

Also assisting on the scene were the Jerauld County Sheriff’s Office and the Jerauld County Ambulance.  

The office is temporarily closed pending smoke mitigation and repairs but True Dakotan editor/publisher Kristi Hine said that the paper is open for business, still actively covering news and taking care of print and design jobs remotely.

More on the fire from Hine and the True Dakotan staff can be found on PAGES FIVE AND TEN of this week's print and e-issues.