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Updated: Sun Slash fire deemed accidental

By Staff | Jul 6, 2016

The fire early morning fire at Sun Splash Family Waterpark Wednesday has been determined to be accidental.

The origin of the 1 a.m. blaze appears to have been in and around the area of a golf cart that was housed under a canopy attached to the building. The building, which contained the Park’s restaurant, gift shop, and guest services office, was a total loss. Damages are estimated at approximately $700,000.

The city-owned water park will remain closed Thursday while the city works to restore operations and reopen the park. Officials are optimistic the water park may reopen this weekend, although early next week might be a more realistic goal.

“City staff is working to secure the site, acquire the necessary temporary facilities to place onsite and bring the computer software system back online,” officials said in a prepared statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “This will enable Sun Splash to resume operations through the remainder of the season.

“City staff will meet tomorrow to review progress and determine the most likely timeframe for the park to reopen.

Original story:

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called to investigate an early morning fire at Sun Splash Family Waterpark that heavily damaged the main building.

Arriving firefighters answering a call of a tree fire found the building “fully engulfed” with flames.

“It took a little over two hours to extinguish the fire, and the building is a total loss,” fire officials said.

Responding units included: Engine 2, Engine 3, Engine 4, Engine 5, Engine 9, Ladder 6, Rescue 2, Rescue 4, Battalions 1, 2, and 22, and Chief 4.

The park is closed today.