Catastrophic fire in Hot Springs
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — The community of Hot Springs is still feeling the effects of a catastrophic fire that tore through four downtown businesses Monday evening. All that is left of The Vault, China Buffet, The Heartsong Quilts Shop, and Gus’s Best Ice Cream are the skeletal remains of the once vibrant businesses. Cleanup of the area still awaits the ongoing investigation but in the meantime, support grows for the community. Randall Meyers, board president of the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce said.
“I think it’s just been devastating to the community. There’s just been an outpouring of support to all of the businesses that were affected. It just is a huge impact, all those businesses were vibrant businesses that served a purpose in Hot Springs.”
It’s expected that the fire will be a setback for the Chamber of Commerce as well as the families, with their homes and apartments being destroyed as well. Fortunately, there were no injuries. So far, officials have not been able to comment on the investigation, other than they’re still trying to find what caused the fire.
“We will try to help the businesses affected in any way that the chamber can. I think it’s a little early yet, they’re still, the fire marshall is still doing any investigation, and I‘m sure the insurance people will be looking at that before any cleanup really gets underway in earnest,” said Meyers.
Hot Springs police are also reminding residents to respect the barrier tape around the scene of the fire to allow investigators to do their job.