Authorities identify victim of house fire in Fairburn
FAIRBURN, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified a woman who died when a grass fire spread to a home in the Custer County town of Fairburn.
The body of 26-year-old Julia Pawelski, of Rapid City, was found Tuesday morning in the home owned by her parents.
The grass fire damaged at least three buildings in the small community in addition to the home, as well as several vehicles and hay bales before being brought under control.
Sheriff Marty Mechaley says a 7-year-old child started the fire by lighting grass with a lighter. The investigation is continuing.