Fire destroys SD building used as homeless shelter

Associated Press

ENEMY SWIM LAKE, S.D. (AP) — Fire has destroyed a building being used as a homeless shelter near Enemy Swim Lake in northeast South Dakota.

Day County Sheriff Barry Hillestad tells KXLG radio that about half a dozen people had been staying at the shelter near Waubay, in a former school building on land owned by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (oh-YAW'-tay). He says they have been taken to other shelters.

David Gill at the Enemy Swim Tribal District Center tells the Aberdeen American News that the fire started about midday and was still smoldering late in the afternoon. He says tribal police helped monitor the situation.

Hillestad says four area fire departments responded to the blaze. He says the cause was not immediately determined.

The building had been used as a homeless shelter for about a year.