Fire damages storage buildings at T&R Electric in Colman

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 7:34 AM CDT
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UPDATE 10:15 AM:

The vice president of compliance at T&R Electric, Kirsten Taggart, said a total of three storage buildings were damaged and lost. She said about seven or eight fire departments from surrounding communities helped put the fire out.

"I feel like we're a big part of the community. We support the school and a lot of activities. Four of our employees are on the fire department," Taggart said. "But really all the surrounding communities have been great. We've had multiple fire departments here. It's been really, a great effort."

She said none of the production facilities were affected, so business will continue as normal. No one was injured in the incident.


An employee at T&R Electric in Colman said company leaders believe the fire started around 4:00 AM Wednesday. At this point, they're unsure of what started the flames. There are cameras in all of the buildings, so they're reviewing footage to try and pinpoint more details.

Two storage buildings caught on fire. One had dry-type electrical transformers in it. The other had equipment in it, like forklifts and cranes.

The Madison Fire Department livestreamed the efforts to put the fire out on its Facebook page. You can see it attached to this article.

According to T&R Electric's website, the company has been around since 1961. It's a family-owned company that aims to give quality service to utility and industrial customers. The business is located along Highway 34 west of I-29 in Colman.

Posted by City of Madison, SD Fire Department on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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