HURRICANE — A late night fire on State Street in Hurricane Thursday destroyed a fitness center and severely damaged two other businesses.
The fire at 390 S. State St. was reported at 9:48 p.m., Hurricane Fire Chief Tom Kuhlmann said. It started in a tanning bed at Anytime Fitness.
The tanning bed was occupied at the time by Dustin Snow of Hurricane.
“It just made a popping noise and then the smoke came out over it,” Snow said. “I just tried to get out of there, got dressed and ran out the door. The whole room was filled with smoke.”
Units from Hurricane Valley Fire Department, Colorado City Fire Department and Washington City Fire Department with a total of 32 firefighters responded.
One firefighter was injured when a ceiling collapsed. Kuhlmann said the firefighter was treated at the scene.
The roof was opened by firefighters to ventilate the interior, and flames were visible for a brief time until a ladder truck knocked it down with water. The wind was initially blowing so hard that the spray from the water on the ladder truck could be felt across the street.
“We had a nice facility,” Anytime Fitness owner Roger Adams of Hurricane said. “I think I’m in shock. I’m just like sick to my stomach.”
One of Adams’ employees was teaching a class and tried to put the fire out, he said.
“… She almost had the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but it went up again. So it was something with the wiring.”
Also affected were Kokopelli Deli and HurriTan, both in the same building.
The owner of Kokopelli Deli, Kellie Clark of Hurricane, was watching from the sidewalk. Clark said she had no idea what damage was done to her place.
“They were attacking it from the roof,” Clark said, “so we have no idea.”
Kuhlmann did not elaborate on the damage to the building or businesses, saying only that investigators would be determining the final cause and damage estimate.
“We have so many great members here,” Adams said of Anytime Fitness, “it’s hard for me to, like, piece together what I’m going to do to get these people back.”
This report is based on preliminary information provided by emergency responders and people on scene and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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