Office area suffers bulk of damage in morning fire

Firefighters and police responded to a fire at 204 S. Second St. Monday morning. (American News photo by Elisa Sand)

ABERDEEN, S.D. (By Elisa Sand – A towing and repair shop has significant damage to its office with limited damaged to the shop area after a morning fire Monday.

Emergency responders were at Parcel Erickson, 204 N. Second St., for the fire. Aberdeen Fire & Rescue was called at 7:51 a.m. With emergency vehicles on Second Street, traffic from the overpass was immediately rerouted. The stretch reopened late in the morning.

Parcel Erickson is on the north side of the Second Street overpass and is next door to Eddie’s Northside, which was the site of a fire in 2013. The convenience store has since rebuilt.

Parcel Erickson is a separate business with different owners, according to Brown County property ownership records. The owners are Dennis and Cynthia Moser.

Aberdeen Fire & Rescue Battalion Chief JR Huebner said an employee noticed smoke and called the fire department. Huebner said the fire was isolated to the office side of the building and the attic with some smoke damage in the shop.

Smoke billowed from the edges of the roof while firefighters were on scene. They spent quite a bit of time cutting into the roof in an attempt to extinguish the flames. Huebner said firefighters also cut into the ceiling inside the shop.

He said much of the shop is salvageable, and larger vehicles inside the shop were removed and not damaged. Business materials and computers were also saved, he said.

Nobody was injured in the fire.