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Toddler left home alone saved from Rapid City house fire

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A Rapid City toddler was rescued from a fire after being left home alone.

Firefighters had to break down the door of a North Rapid townhome to save a toddler alone inside.
 
The call came in around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night for smoke alarms going off in the Knollwood Townhomes.

Neighbors say they told firefighters a child could be inside the home.
 
"Fire trucks came in and they broke the door down to get in there to see if anyone else was in there. I came out and that's when I saw an ambulance attendant carry a baby out to the ambulance," says neighbor Fern Chasing Horse.
 
Firefighters found a 16 month old boy left alone with the door locked.

Monica Colby, Fire Department Spokesperson says the child was not in plain sight and was found only because he made some noise.

Colby says what started out as a routine call turned into a tense situation.
 
"For the Fire Department it started out as a routine call. Knowing there was a child inside we took extensive measures to try and make sure to get in there quickly. Happily found him, but it is unusual for us to find someone left alone at that age," says Colby.
 
The child's mother, 38 year old Angelita Elk Boy, arrived at the home while police and firefighters were on scene.

She was arrested for her fourth driving under the influence charge.

The toddler was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital.

His condition is not being released.

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