Firefighter killed in blaze and explosion near Tilford

Fire officials say one firefighter was killed in a blaze and explosion near Tilford Friday afternoon and say one civilian is unaccounted for. Lt. Jim Bussell of the Rapid City Fire Department also says one Meade County Sheriff's Deputy was transported to the hospital.

The blaze started shortly after 4:00pm Friday on State Street in the Tilford area. Fire crews say they were able to initiate an attack on the fire but were hampered by downed power lines along with the presence of a number of propane tanks in the area, at least one of which exploded.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. A briefing to provide more information on the fire is scheduled for Saturday morning.