MARSHALL – The Marshall Fire Department responded to a 911 call at approximately 8:53 Sunday evening reporting alarms were going off in the 400 block of Village drive and the caller could smell smoke. Upon arrival, fire crews were alerted by a resident that the fire was coming from the other building in room 306. 

Firefighters forced entry into the apartment. Thick black smoke billowed out from the apartment upon entry. Marshall fire crews got water on the fire and did a primary search of the apartment and found a female occupant unconscious. Firefighters successfully rescued the occupant and transferred her to EMS on-site. She was then taken to Avera Marshall. Her condition is unknown however she was reported to be conscious and talking with EMS staff. Another occupant in the building was transported to Avera Marshall for smoke inhalation.  

Minimal damage was caused to the building as the fire was contained to the apartment. Minor smoke and water damage was reported. According to Marshall Fire Chief, Quentin Brunsvold, only a couple people were moved into temporary housing from the fire, and assistance for that was set up by the American Red Cross.  

The cause and origin of the fire are being investigated by the Marshall Fire Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office. Assistance was provided by the Ghent Fire Department, Marshall Police Department, Marshall North Ambulance, and American Red Cross.