The Milbank Fire and Rescue Department responded to a call of a house fire at the residence of Tina Rudebusch on West Highway 12. The 911 call was placed by a man traveling through Milbank at 4:29 p.m. on Friday, June 26. According to Milbank Fire Chief Kevin Schuelke, on arrival, the firefighters, found the rear, or south exterior side of the house, fully engulfed in flames. Fire could be seen coming from the entry and southeast areas of the home. The second story of the house also exhibited flames.
Chief Schuelke says, “Because we were uncertain whether the fire started in a room and its contents and spread outside or vice versa, we did what we call a transitional attack. Timing, coordination, and ventilation are key in this kind of atttack. This means we knocked the fire down outside — the ladder truck made holes— then the squad proceeded inside. ”
Schuelke Says, “We stayed on the scene for a couple of hours. Highway 12 was closed during the fire to optimize hydrant locations and truck placement.” The home was determined to be uninhabitable due to extensive smoke damage.