SIOUX FALLS - Sioux Falls Fire Chief Jim Sideras has reported that two people have died in an apartment fire in the 200 block of S. Williams Ave. The complex is located northeast of 12th and Kiwanis.

Fire crews arrived on the scene at about 8:45 a.m. smoke and flames were seen coming out the back of the apartment on the west side. Crews were informed there were two people inside the apartment.


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One victim, a woman, was discovered in the unit where authorities think the fire began. According to Sideras the woman reportedly ran back into the unit at some point. The second victim was found in the same unit and has been identified as a child, approximately 5-years-old. Three other children were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

"There is significant damage to the apartment," Sideras told the Argus Leader. "It is going to take a little bit of work to go through that."

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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