Archer house fire top level

The fire departments from Archer, Sheldon, Sanborn and Hospers responded to a house fire that occurred at 3440 Olive Ave. near Archer on Monday, June 10.

ARCHER—A person was hospitalized from a house fire that occurred at 3440 Olive Ave. near Archer on Monday, June 10.

Brad Hindt, first assistant chief of the Sheldon Fire Co., said the call came in at about 8:05 a.m.

Hindt said nobody was inside the building when they arrived on the scene, but he said one person was sent to the hospital and a pet dog died. 

Hindt said the cause of the fire is not yet known and is still under investigation.

The kitchen was the main part of the house that received damage from the fire, while smoke damage occurred throughout the house, including the attic. Hindt said the house is uninhabitable for the time being.

Firefighter hoses Archer house fire

A firefighter douses the top floor of the house with a fire hose.

“When I got there, there was just smoke showing, no flames,” he said.

By the time the fire company began setting up its equipment, Hindt said flames had begun coming out of the kitchen window.

The Archer Volunteer Fire Department was called to the scene first, Hindt said, and backup from two other departments were later called in.

“We were called to help them, and then we requested Sanborn and then later, we requested Hospers for some more guys because, you know, most towns during the day, we all struggle with finding volunteers,” he said.

Close to 25 firefighters were on the scene. Hindt said he and the Sheldon crew arrived back in town at around 11:30 a.m.