Public safety

Apartment fire leads to drug arrest

Cigarette is possible cause of Lake Preston fire


On Thurs., July 28 at around 2 p.m., Lake Preston Fire and Lake Preston Ambulance were called to an apartment fire at 100 2nd St NE in Lake Preston.

It was reported that citizens used fire extinguishers to help contain the fire until the fire department arrived and was able to quickly put it out.

Residents of the apartment building were evacuated. One resident was taken to the De Smet Hospital to be evaluated for smoke inhalation.

Damage to the apartment building from the fire was to the entryway and outside of the building, with some minor smoke damage inside.

According to Deputy Sheriff Matt Nutter from the Kingsbury County Sheriff’s Office, the preliminary investigation shows a possible cause for the fire was a lit cigarette, but the investigation is still ongoing.

“The fire investigation ensued in a drug arrest,” said Deputy Nutter.

During evacuation a person residing in one of the apartments was found with drugs after a search warrant was executed. The person was arrested.


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