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Fire damages Yankton home

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - In a statement released by Columbia River Fire & Rescue, CRFR Chief Jay Tappan credited the Yankton homeowners quick actions and working smoke alarm system for preventing any serious injuries.   Fire crews from Columbia River Fire & Rescue and the Scappoose Rural Fire District responded to a fire at 32685 Pittsburg Road in the Yankton area on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at about 11 a.m.

Crews arrived to find a single-story residence with heavy flames coming from the back of the home, according to a statement released by CRF&R. The responding firefighters were able to confine the fire, but the home suffered extensive fire and smoke damage.

The fire was brought under control about 40 minutes after crews arrived, but fire personnel remained on the scene for another two hours to ensure all hot spots were extinguished.

The homeowner, Thomas Weber, and two other occupants escaped without injury. A fourth occupant also made it out and was treated for minor smoke inhalation at the scene.

Weber told fire crews he discovered a growing fire in one of the home’s bedrooms after smelling smoke and hearing a fire alarm sound. Weber attempted to use his home’s fire extinguishers to put the flames out, but was unsuccessful.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Damage is estimated to be about $150,000 for the home and another $50,000 for the home’s contents.

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