The Big Stone City and Milbank Fire and Rescue Departments responded to a house fire Friday, December 30, at 7 a.m. The fire broke out at 15222 485th Avenue at the home of Ryan Mielitz. The home is located in the Big Stone City department’s jurisdiction. The Milbank department was called to assist.
“When we arrived, the house was fully involved,” stated Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke. “The departments worked together to set up pumpers. Tankers were filled at the Dakota Granite tower, so water supply was not an issue.”
Schuelke reported both departments were on the scene for three hours on Friday. Big Stone City Fire Chief, Joe Wiik, reported his department was called back to the home this morning, Saturday, December 31, and was there for another one and a half hours. “The fire rekindled during the night,” he stated. “The cause has not been determined.”