Saturday fire guts Volin home

A fire in Volin Saturday night. Jan. 16, destroyed a family home.

Volin firefighters were called to the scene a half-block from Mac's around 8:21 p.m. Eventually, firefighters from Gayville, Wakonda and Yankton were called to assist with the blaze.

"We got the page out, and by the time we got there, the place was already engulfed in flames," said Volin Fire Chief Corey Logan. He said the structure was a total loss.

The man and three children who resided there were not home at the time of the fire, according to Logan. Their identities were not released to the media.

A home next door also had smoke damage and lost power.

One member of the Volin Fire Department had to be taken to Avera Sacred Heart Hospital for a minor case of smoke inhalation. Logan said the individual was released in good condition.

A unit from the Lesterville Fire Department was also on scene to help firefighters who might need to warm up after being exposed to the cold temperatures.

Yankton Deputy Fire Chief Larry Nickles said there was little that could be done by the time his units arrived.

"We dumped one load of water," he said. "It went pretty fast."

Nickles said the home had balloon framing, just as the Meckling and Scotland homes that were consumed by fire in recent months. Buildings with that framing typically don't have fire stops, which makes it easy for flames to travel within the walls and burn for some time without anyone noticing.

All the firefighters involved in battling the blaze did an outstanding job, Logan said.

"They did everything they could do," he stated. "There wasn't one minute that we didn't have water spraying out of one hose, at least. I have to thank all the departments that helped us out."

The cause of the fire is unknown, and Logan said an investigation likely won't be carried out unless it is done by an insurance company. However, it appears the home was not insured.

Melisa Smith of the Yankton County Red Cross is assisting the family that lost its house.

"They had a place for the first night, so we're waiting to hear from them for temporary housing," she said.

The family lost everything in the fire, according to Smith.

"They need everything you can think of," she said. "Fire is so devastating, but luckily no one was home so no one got hurt."

Smith said Sunday evening that was not aware of any charity funds that had been set up for the family. She said donations can be made to the Yankton County Red Cross.

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