Person saved from house fire in Sioux Falls after arson, police say

One man was arrested for arson after Sioux Falls Fire Rescue rescued a person from a structure fire early Monday, according to authorities.

At approximately 2:22 a.m. Monday, Sioux Falls Fire Rescue was called to a reported structure fire at the 200 block of S. Euclid Avenue. Metro Communication dispatchers indicated there were reports of the side of a house on fire with one occupant inside the home, according to the release.

The first arriving fire company confirmed that the side of the home was on fire. Crews began extinguishing the fire while also placing a ladder to conduct a search for the reported occupant, according to the release.

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Fire and police personnel located and removed one occupant from the second floor.

The individual was evaluated on scene and declined medical treatment. One other occupant had evacuated the home prior to Fire Rescue arriving on scene, according to the release.

Sioux Falls Police spokesperson Sam Clemens said the incident is being investigated as an arson. Police got two calls to the same address. The first one involved a rug outside a backdoor being set on fire, the reporting party said he saw the suspect in that case but police couldn't find him.

The second incident was the fire that left an upstairs neighbor trapped in the building. Police located and arrested a 35-year-old Sioux Falls man for the first arson report, Clemens said.

Police believe the suspect was also involved in the second fire but he has not been charged for it, Clemens said.

The main body of the second fire was extinguished within five minutes of Fire Rescue's arrival. Crews remained on scene for several hours to ensure the fire was completely extinguished, according to the release.

There were no civilian injuries or firefighter injuries, according to the release.

This article originally appeared on Sioux Falls Argus Leader: Sioux Falls Fire Rescue save person from structure fire