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Hot Springs Mayor confirms loss of four businesses and apartments in fire

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. — The mayor of Hot Springs has confirmed four businesses in the city’s downtown historic district have been lost in a fire.

Hot Springs Mayor George Kotti says the Vault restaurant and bar, China Buffet, Heartsong Quilts and an ice cream parloer were burned in the massive fire. Officials say the fire began in the Vault restaurant about 8:30 p.m.

Kotti says some apartments attached to the quilt shop also burned, but no one was injured in the blaze.

The businesses with sandstone facades are in the city’s historic district.

The Vault Restaurant posted the following on their Facebook page today:

“Please keep everyone in your prayers tonight. Thank you firefighters for all that you do. It’s been a devastating night. Kris and I are ok. Please keep the families of China house and the Quilt Shop in your thoughts and prayers.”

The state fire marshal is expected to head an investigation into the cause of the fire.

 

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