UPDATE: Suspect in Sioux Falls arson case arrested
UPDATE, March 11
Police say they have arrested a suspect in an arson case at a Sioux Falls duplex.
Twenty-five-year-old Alayna Sue Bird Necklace Pigney was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday near a downtown gas station. Police spokesperson Sam Clemens said she had a backpack with some methamphetamine in it.
Clemens said Pigney started a fire at a central Sioux Falls duplex early Tuesday morning after she got into an argument with some people living there. That fire trapped some people on the second floor. One person was hospitalized for injuries they received in a fall.
Pigney faces first degree arson and controlled substance charges.
UPDATE, 12 p.m.
Police are investigating an early morning Sioux Falls fire that left one person hurt as an arson.
Authorities are still looking for a female suspect in the case, according to police spokesperson Sam Clemens.
Crews received a report of a fire at Spring Avenue near 13th Street around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. Several people were hanging from second floor windows when firefighters arrived, according to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue.
The fire was located in the stairwell, which trapped the people upstairs. Crews were able to put it out in a few minutes.
One person was taken to a hospital for injuries sustained in a fall.
Clemens said the suspect has an argument with some of the occupants of the home, and later started the fire. No arrests have been made, but police say they believe they have some names in the case.
UPDATE, 7 a.m.
One person was injured after a fire broke out at a duplex in central Sioux Falls.
Crews received a report of a fire at Spring Avenue near 13th Street around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to Capt. Rocky Foster of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue. Metro communications then reported several occupants were trapped, so authorities upgraded the call to a second alarm and sent additional crews.
When firefighters arrived, they found several people hanging from windows on the second floor, though no sign of the fire was visible from outside.
Crews searched the home to confirm no one else was inside. They found the fire in the stairwell, and put it out in a few minutes.
Foster said one person was hospitalized for injuries they received in a fall. No first responders were injured.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue responded with eight fire trucks and two support trucks, and the South Dakota Air National Guard also sent a fire engine.
Authorities say one person was hospitalized following an early morning fire at home in central Sioux Falls.
Crews received a report of a fire at Spring Avenue near 13th Street around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Firefighters were able to get the flames under control, but one person was hospitalized. A firefighter at the scene initially said the person received respiratory injuries.
The duplex received some smoke damage. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.