Lake Andes structure fire kills one, another injured

The structure that caught fire around 3 a.m. Tuesday was located on the east side of Lake Andes’ Main Street.

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LAKE ANDES — A structure that broke out early Tuesday morning in Lake Andes killed one person.

According to Charles Mix County Sheriff Randy Thaler, the structure that caught fire around 3 a.m. was located on the east side of Lake Andes’ Main Street.

The occupant who died from the blaze was an adult. Another occupant managed to escape the fire, but authorities say the person suffered from “major smoke inhalation” and was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The names of the occupants, including the adult who died from the structure fire, have yet to be released, pending notification to family members.

Among the agencies investigating the fire are the Lake Andes Fire Department, Charles Mix County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), the state’s fire marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Sam Fosness joined the Mitchell Republic in May 2018. He was raised in Mitchell, S.D., and graduated from Mitchell High School. He continued his education at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English. During his time in college, Fosness worked as a news and sports reporter for The Volante newspaper.
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