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CRST Prairie Management building burns to the ground, one injured

The CRST Prairie Management building located at 97 S. Willow St. in Eagle Butte caught fire on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022. The facility is located just south of the CRST environmental protection department location and across the street from the Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Upper Elementary School sports fields.

The fire was reported at approximately 4:19 p.m. When Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department personnel arrived heavy smoke and flames emitted from the building.

The weather on Tuesday afternoon was around 30°F, dropping through the afternoon and evening to around 25°. Winds were light from the northwest around 4-6 mph. Warmer temperatures and light winds no doubt made the fire easier to contain and extinguish.

The Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department deployed six fire apparatuses. A tender from the Dupree Volunteer Fire Department was requested and also deployed to the blaze.

In addition to Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department and Dupree Volunteer Fire Department, emergency personnel responded from the CRST police department, the City of Eagle Butte police department, the Ziebach County sheriff’s office and CRST incident marshals.

Eagle Butte Volunteer Fire Department dropped approximately 18,000 gallons of water on the fire over the course of approximately five hours. The fire was declared out around 9:30 p.m. and fire crews returned to the fire hall.

The fire continued to smolder for a few days and continued under surveillance by fire personnel.

On Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2021, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe released a statement that said, “On December 27, 2022, the fire that occurred at Prairie Management building resulted in the destruction of the entire facility. One employee was harmed and is receiving appropriate medical care. We send prayers to them for healing and extend a thank you to all fire crews and first responders who worked to control the situation.”

As of this time the cause of the fire has not been released.

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