- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) - A Mitchell family has escaped a destructive house fire after a phone call from neighbors alerted them to the flames.

Authorities say the fire started in a storage shed and became a large brush fire that damaged at least two homes early Sunday. The Public Safety Department warned residents to avoid the area after winds spread the blaze. Five fire departments assisted the Mitchell Fire Division.

Chet Edinger says his home is a total loss but his family and pets made it out safely. He says five people and two dogs were all asleep in the north end of the house when neighbors called and told them the south end was on fire.

Authorities didn’t say what caused the blaze. They say a woman was treated for minor smoke inhalation.


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