Rapid City firefighters attack home fire

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - A mobile home in Rapid City was completely destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters say there was heavy smoke and flames visible when they pulled up to this home fire Thursday. (photo courtesy Rapid City Fire Department)

Around 4 p.m. on Thursday, four stations from the Rapid City Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the intersection of North Maple and East Madison Streets. The caller reported smoke and flames coming from the mobile home at 110 E. Watertown St.

Neighbors had also reported there were pets inside the home. A bystander had attempted to kick in the door and enter the burning home. Rapid City Fire Lt. Jim Bussell suggested that was a bad idea.

"They were doing what they thought was the right thing,” said Lt. Jim Bussell. “We want to stress to the public that it makes our job more difficult and it exposes themselves to unnecessary personal risk."

No one was injured and the cause is under investigation.