The Vermillion Fire Department responded to a call of smoke in the Lee Medical Building on the campus of USD on Wednesday evening.
According to Vermillion Fire Chief Matthew Callahan, before fire crews officially arrived on scene, they were notified by university police that there was smoke in the second and third floor of the building. Firefighters arrived on scene, and found that belts burned up on a HVAC unit causing the smoke.
Callahan says that due to the complexity of a potential fire and hot weather, that is why they requested mutual aid crews from Elk Point, Gayville, and Yankton responded. There assistance was not required upon Vermillion crews’ entry into the building.