Five businesses lost after fire rips through downtown Sandpoint buildings


    The City of Sandpoint says on social media that the fire broke out on First Avenue between Bridge and Main at about 1 a.m. (City of Sandpoint)

    A fire has reportedly ripped through four businesses in Sandpoint early Monday.

    The City of Sandpoint says on social media that the fire broke out on First Avenue between Bridge and Main at about 1 a.m.

    The city says four businesses have been destroyed.

    The Spokesman-Review says video and pictures of the fire show it burning a group of businesses along First Avenue, including The Hound and China Kitchen restaurants and the Chocolate Bear.

    Two buildings were lost to the fire and a risk of safety in the area of the structures. These buildings contained five active businesses – The Hound Pizza, Headlines Salon, Sandpoint Chocolate Bear, China Kitchen and Sandpoint Tattoo & Body Piercing. A third building sustained significant smoke and water damage which has led to the temporary closure of Grace Sandpoint and Grace Sandpoint Bible College.

    During the time of the fire, firefighters battled freezing temps of 11 degrees along with the fire.

    There were no signs of any people inside of the building at the time of the fire.

    40 firefighters responded to the fire according to Selkirk Fire Rescue & EMS . Five Chiefs, 12 Engines, two trucks, two rescues, BCEMS, SPD and BCSO responded. Almost every Bonner County Fire Agency Assisted. Special thanks to Timberlake, Northern Lakes, and KCFR for their help also.

    First Avenue will remain closed between Pine Street and Main at least until Tuesday. Flaggers are on scene and will assist motorists needing local access to the Best Western Edgewater Hotel, Trinity at City Beach and the Seasons Condos.

    The buildings are unstable. “Our hearts go out to the business owners, workers, their families and others who are impacted by the structure fire. . . This is a huge loss for our community. The City will do everything it can to expedite this process, ensure public safety and return downtown to normal as best we can,” remarked Mayor Shelby Rognstad as he was downtown at the site early this morning.

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