Firefighters Called Back to Scene of South Dakota Dorm Fire

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- A fire that destroyed a school dormitory on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation roared to life again Wednesday afternoon but firefighters were quickly able to bring the blaze under control.

''It was going real well on the top of the roof,'' Scott Raue, the CEO at Crow Creek Tribal School in Stephan, said in a telephone interview.

Raue said the wind started blowing about 3 p.m. with gusts of between 30 mph and 40 mph. Embers from Sunday's fire ignited and a wing of the same building that was destroyed caught fire, he said. At one point, the fire also threatened the administration building, he said.

''Flames were shooting all over,'' said Raue. ''I didn't want to have to call in anybody ... but it got pretty bad.''

Crews from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Highmore and Miller responded.

Classes for middle and high school students have been canceled again, he said.

A top priority now is to find money to tear down what's left of the dormitory to prevent it from catching fire again, said Raue.

He said BIA officials toured the site earlier on Wednesday, and told him they thought part of the structure could still be saved.

Investigators have not yet determined a cause for Sunday's fire.

Seven students were treated for smoke inhalation.

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