Fire engulfs Wounded Knee Museum in Wall
Wall Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at the Wounded Knee Museum along with the Philip Volunteer Fire Department and the Wall Ambulance Service.
The Wall Volunteer Fire Department received the page at 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, September 2.
“The structure was engulfed with smoke and flames were coming out of the bottom of the east door when the fire department arrived,” said Wall Fire Chief Jim Kitterman. He went on to say the fire department had the fire knocked down in 20 minutes, but the fire had probably been smoldering for two hours before it was reported. Kitterman stated, “It look the fire started in an electrical/utility room, which was on the east side of the building” He noted that the fixtures inside the building had melted and the east end of the museum was totally gutted from the fire.
The fire marshal was in Wall on Tuesday to determine the cause of the fire.
Wall Volunteer Fire Department stayed at the scene till 4:00 a.m. to mop up and monitor for any flare ups.