Springs Auto fire destroys building, numerous vehiclesFire at Main Street Wessington Springs business reported at 1:30 a.m.
By: Staff reports, The Daily Republic
WESSINGTON SPRINGS - The showroom and service center at Springs Auto, an automobile dealership in Wessington Springs, were destroyed by fire this morning.
Nobody was injured, but six cars that were inside the two parts of the building - including two new Camaros - were reportedly destroyed, along with some four-wheelers. The cause of the fire is not yet known.
The fire was reported at 1:30 a.m. by a sheriff's deputy who was driving on Main Street and spotted smoke.
Two other nearby buildings that were threatened were evacuated and sprayed with water, but the buildings were not damaged. Those buildings are the Traveler's Motel and an apartment structure.
The fire comes only days after officials in Wessington Springs tore down a vacant Main Street building because of concerns that it was a fire hazard.
The town has a history of destructive downtown fires that dates to at least 1990, when a fire started in the Jack and Jill grocery store and destroyed it along with other Main Street businesses, including the Beauty Hut hair salon, an unoccupied former newspaper building, Prairie Realty and the Jerauld County Abstract and Soil Conservation offices. Just three years later, another fire took out the Springs Inn restaurant, the Clothes Gallery, Thornton Drug and Connell-Krohmer Insurance. In 1999, the Jerauld County Farmers Union building burned down.
Springs Auto is owned by Lawrence Caffee, of Wessington Springs. He was on the scene this morning but declined interviews.