Fire in downtown Hot Springs burns four businesses
UPDATE (4:00 p.m.): According to Hot Springs Mayor George Kotti, River Street will be remaining closed for the time being. Governor Kristi Noem called Tuesday and offered her condolences and coordination with state agencies for assistance. Likewise Rep. Dusty Johnson called to encourage the community.
Here is the full message from Mayor Kotti on the City of Hot Springs Facebook page.
UPDATE (9:30 a.m.): According to the Associated Press, Hot Springs Mayor George Kotti says the Vault restaurant, China Buffet and the Quilt Shop have been lost in the massive fire, as well as some apartments attached to the Quilt Shop, but no one was injured in the blaze.
Gus’ Best Ice Cream was also confirmed to be destroyed in the fire.
The Pennington County Fire Assistance Team is still in Hot Springs after assisting Hot Springs Fire Department all night on the fire.
According to a tweet from the Rapid City Fire Department, Squad 1 is headed to Hot Springs to provide a relief crew.
Squad 1 is headed to Hot Springs to provide a relief crew for those that have been working hard and fighting fire throughout the night. https://t.co/ymWIFm0Eo2
— Rapid City Fire Dept (@RapidCityFire) February 18, 2020
The Vault posted this on Facebook early Tuesday morning:
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — Just before 9:00 p.m. Monday, crews were called out to battle a fire in downtown Hot Springs that was burning three businesses.
According to the Fall River County Herald’s Facebook page, those businesses included The Vault, China Buffet and Heartsong Quilts.
It is unknown at this time what caused the fire or if anyone has been injured.
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