One person killed in Brookings house explosion, fire

Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 4:43 PM CST
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Fire crews and police are on-scene of a fatal house explosion and fire in Brookings.

The house is located at 618 Sixth Avenue, just a couple blocks north of the Children’s Museum.

Crews have blocked off the surrounding streets.

Brookings Fire Chief Darrell Hartmann says there was a possible gas explosion in the lower level. Arriving crews discovered a fire on every level of the home. Chief Hartmann says the backside of the structure was blown off.

Chief Hartmann has confirmed to Dakota News Now that one person was killed in the explosion.

The South Dakota Department of Criminal Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Fire Marshall, and the Brookings Fire Department are investigating.