Fire damages 3 buildings at Silver Dollar City; park closed Thursday
NEAR BRANSON Mo. (KY3) - A fire damaged three buildings Thursday afternoon at Silver Dollar City, shutting down the theme park for the day.
Silver Dollar City reported no serious injuries, but some minor injuries, after three buildings caught fire Thursday inside the park. It’s unknown how many people were at Silver Dollar City when the buildings caught on fire, but park officials evacuated all of the guests around 12:45 p.m.
Southern Stone County firefighters responded to the fires at the Heartland Home Furnishings and Flossie’s Fried Fancies buildings. Firefighters contained the fire to only those buildings. It took about an hour to fight the fire. Investigators do not know what started the fire at this time.
Staff reported a few minor injuries. Park officials evacuated all guests.
A cloud of black smoke filled the sky over the park for several minutes before firefighters put out the fire.
It took about an hour to battle the fire. The Western Taney County Fire Protection District and Branson Fire Department assisted Stone County fire crews.
KY3 viewer Natalie Slusser submitted this video of heavy smoke after the buildings caught on fire at Silver Dollar City.
Slusser drove up from Mountain View in the hopes of seeing Christmas lights Thursday at Silver Dollar City. Instead, she saw smoke shortly after she arrived.
“Even as they had us leaving, those ashes and embers were flying over. We even saw one security guard stomping out an ember that had caught some leaves on fire,” Slusser says.
A spokesperson with Silver Dollar City says only the front entrance was open when the fire started, not the whole park. Slusser says she’s thankful that was the case.
“Had it been five more minutes, they would have opened that chain and we would have been right down that woodcarving and the pork rinds place, walking right past it whenever it caught fire,” Slusser says. “It was just a blessing that we hadn’t been able to get through there yet.”
The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Silver Dollar City is expected to reopen Friday.
Silver Dollar City shared the following statement on what happened via Facebook:
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