A structure fire, housing two restaurants and an apartment building, was reported on Main St., Hot Springs, early Wednesday morning. There is significant damage to the structure, but no one was hurt.
A worker discovered smoke and flames coming out of a wall upon arrival to work at approximately 4:00 a. m.
Les Cochons d’Or restaurant and Jackson River Café were severely damaged as well as a short-term rental apartment unit above the restaurant. Someone was occupying the rental, at the time, but managed to get out safely. The adjacent ABC Liquors and Wines sustained smoke damage but was expected to reopen the next day.
It is being reported that the Historic building, built in 1921, used to be home to a pharmacy. It had recently undergone restoration projects to coincide with recent renovations at the Omni Homestead Resort. “We had planned to take advantage of the tourist draw so it’s disappointing”, said owner Pat Haynes. The fire appears to have started in the back of LCDO Restaurant, according to Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker, who added that two people got out safely from the back of the building.
Hot Springs Volunteer Fire and Rescue; Falling Springs, Millboro, Mountain Grove, Covington, Bolar, and Dunlap fire and EMS personnel responded to the fire. The fire was reported to be under control by 11:00 a. m.