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Fire strikes Rushmore abode

Fire severely damaged a house at 25757 Ivers Ave., Rushmore, early Wednesday morning. The Rushmore Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 3:40 a.m. when a neighbor reported the blaze at the house, which was unoccupied because its owner was out of town. The structure is a trailer house with an addition built onto it, which posed some problems in fighting the blaze, according to firefighter Gregg Harberts. "We had trouble fighting the fire between the two roofs," Harberts said. "That's what gave us...

Fire severely damaged a house at 25757 Ivers Ave., Rushmore, early Wednesday morning. The Rushmore Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 3:40 a.m. when a neighbor reported the blaze at the house, which was unoccupied because its owner was out of town. The structure is a trailer house with an addition built onto it, which posed some problems in fighting the blaze, according to firefighter Gregg Harberts. "We had trouble fighting the fire between the two roofs," Harberts said. "That's what gave us the problems, and Mother Nature also didn't help." Firefighters had to return to the scene several times throughout the day on Wednesday as the fire continued to smolder in the insulation between the roof lines. When the firefighters first arrived on the scene, there was no wind, but it later gusted to 35 mph, hampering the firefighting efforts.

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