Rapid City fatal house fire investigation complete - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City fatal house fire investigation complete

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It was one of the most devastating apartment fires in Rapid City history.

The late November blaze on Rapid City's 6th avenue claimed the lives of a three children and their grandmother. But to date, no cause has been determined.

The results of the investigation will finally be released in the coming days.

Fire officials say in a case like this, where four lives were lost, they're making sure to check and double check their facts before going public.

Autopsy results show that Marcia Rock, 51, Thomas Rosado, 9, Dustin Rosado, 5, and Marquez Hawk Wing, 3, all died from smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

Seventeen other tenants who lived in the five unit apartment complex were able to escape.

Tim Behlings Assistant Chief with the Rapid City Fire Department said the home is being rebuilt, and will be retrofitted with fire sprinklers to make sure nothing like this happens again.

"What's going to be different this time is the installation of a home sprinkler system. The house was built before those were required," Behlings said.

According to the Build For Life Coalition, sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire 82 percent, relative to having neither. 

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