Funds established for Rapid City fire victims - KOTA Territory News

Funds established for Rapid City fire victims


The following families involved in Tuesday night's fire have established fire fund accounts:

The Rock Family Memorial Fund

Security First Bank Branches

(605) 399-2740


Eagle Bull Family Fire Fund

Wells Fargo Bank Branches


Nelson Family Fire Fund

Wells Fargo Bank Branches


Red Star Family Fund

Wells Fargo Bank Branches


Victims from Tuesday night's house fire now face the daunting task of rebuilding their homes and lives.

It was home for Ricky Eagle Bull, his father and their four children. But in a matter of minutes it turned to ash.
"in the blink of an eye it was all on fire. It was horrible," said Eagle Bull, who's lived in the building since April.

Eagle Bull says he was one of the first to discover the fire burning, in the upper front left apartment.
"I went upstairs and across the hall the door was open an inch and it was already burning when we got there," said Eagle Bull.
Cynthia red star lived across from victims Marcia Rock and her three grand children.
"By the time I got the kids out, the flames were already coming through my wall," said Red Star, who's lived in the building for five years.
She and the other survivors struggle to recount the devastating scene that awaited them outside the house.
"When I came outside and didn't see [Marcia] anywhere. I was doing headcount and I asked everyone, where 'Marcia, where are the kids'," said Red Star.
"I assumed nobody was home. I didn't hear any kids. The vehicle was gone. I assumed they were gone. We kicked the door open, flames shot out of there. After that point, we didn't see anyone," said Eagle Bull.
Reluctantly, neighbors say they suspect the victims may have accidentally played a part in the fire.
"From what we assumed maybe the younger one started it, and the older one maybe tried to put out whatever was on fire," said Eagle Bull.
The survivors will be provided housing by the Red Cross until Wednesday. After that, they say, the future is unknown.
"We're here at Motel 6. Starting over, trying to stay on that side of town for the kids because they all go to school there. My biggest concern is trying to find our next home. Its sad, we have no where to call home now," said Eagle Bull.
Red Star says she feels hopeful after feeling the compassion of her community.
"All my neighbors came out, they helped us, took us in their homes, made sure everyone had food, clothes, blankets. Even now my neighbor came today and gave me some clothes so I have something else to wear," said Red Star.

If you want to help the victims of the fire, you can make donations to the Black Hills chapter of the American Red Cross  or send donations to the Salvation Army.

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