(Update 8:30 am)
Incident Commander Paul Smith of the Rockerville VFD reports that as of this time no injuries to emergency responders or civilians were reported on the fire.
The structure has received a large amount of damage. The extent of loss and cause of fire remains under investigation.
(Update 8:00 am)
Investigation for the fire is ongoing by the State Fire Marshal's Office.
This Fire was very man-power intensive requiring multiple units for fire suppression and water shuttle operations. Water Shuttle operations occur when an area has little or no water supply through fire hydrants or no fire hydrants at all.
Fire Engines called tankers, which carry on average 1,000 gallons of water but may carry more, transport water from a fill source to the incident. The water is then off loaded into large bins called portable-collapsible water tanks that are assembled on the incident.
The Tanker then returns to the fill site continuing the cycle.
22 agencies were reported having worked on the fire as of the current update. 48 units were reported having worked on the fire.
Following Agencies were present:
Rapid City Fire Department
Hill City VFD
Rapid Valley VFD
North Haines VFD
Whispering Pines VFD
Pennington County Search and Rescue
Black Hawk VFD
Box Elder VFD
Johnson Siding VFD
Red Cross VFD
Ellsworth Air Force Base
New Underwood VFD
Sliver City VFD
State Wild land
U.S. Forest Service
A popular restaurant in KOTA Territory is heavily damaged, and likely completely destroyed by fire.
Sunday night around 10, a passerby reported a fire at the Gaslight Restaurant and Saloon in Rockerville.
We don't have many details at this point, however we do know the fire started at the rear of the building. By the time firefighters arrived on scene the building was completely engulfed in flames, however due to the rain firefighters weren't concerned about it spreading.
According to a release from the Rapid City Fire Department, fire crews worked on the fire through the night and now they're in the salvage and overhaul phase, which means they're trying to put out hot spots and get out any remaining personal belongings that aren't too heavily damaged.
Multiple agencies responded to the fire and its cause is still under investigation.