RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Latest on a mobile home fire in western South Dakota (all times local):
Authorities confirm three people are dead after a fire destroyed a mobile home in western South Dakota.
Rapid City fire officials say investigators recovered the bodies by mid-afternoon Friday. Two of the bodies appear to be those of adults, but authorities don’t know their age, gender and relationship to each other. Investigators are trying to determine the age of the third victim.
Two people were able to escape the home before firefighters arrived. The two had minor injuries. After talking to witnesses, law enforcement and firefighters began looking for three people who were unaccounted for.
Firefighters from a dozen departments responded to the early Friday fire. The cause remains under investigation.
A fire official says multiple people are unaccounted after a fire destroyed a mobile home in western South Dakota.
Rapid City Fire Lt. Jim Bussell says he believes several people were in the home when the fire broke out early Friday, but he wouldn’t specify how many.
Bussell says firefighters are moving slowly as they search the home because of concerns about the stability of the structure. The fire damaged a second home at the B & J Mobile Home Park in Rapid City and ignited a small grass fire.
Firefighters say they found the mobile home engulfed in flames when they arrived about 5 a.m.