Garage with ammo inside catches fire near Mitchell, nobody injured

Mitchell’s Fire Marshal will investigate the scene to determine a cause.

Fire crews from Mitchell, Mount Vernon and Ethan work to contain a structure fire at a detached garage near Mitchell on Tuesday, Dec. 7. (Hunter Dunteman / Mitchell Republic)

Nobody was injured Tuesday after a detached shop with ammunition inside caught fire southwest of Mitchell.

Fire crews were dispatched at approximately 3 p.m. to a property near the intersection of 259th Street and 404th Avenue, approximately five miles southwest of Mitchell, to a report of a shop fire at a rural residence.

Marius Laursen, chief of the Mitchell Fire Division, said the structure was unoccupied when the fire broke out, and that the shop contained ammunition. He added propane tanks may have also been stored inside.

After fighting the fire for nearly an hour, firefighters began to remove a large garage door on the building's south face, ultimately using a forklift to take the door off its track.


After knocking down most of the flames, fire crews used a forklift to remove a garage door from its tracks to better tackle a blaze near Mitchell on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. (Hunter Dunteman / Mitchell Republic)

The Mitchell fire marshal will investigate the cause.

Laursen said a press release will be issued Wednesday with additional detail.

Fire crews from Ethan and Mount Vernon provided mutual aid.

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A South Dakota native, Hunter joined Forum Communications Company as a reporter for the Mitchell (S.D.) Republic in June 2021 and now works as a digital reporter for Forum News Service, focusing on regional news that impacts the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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