Crews Battling Fire At The Flandreau Meat Locker: City Issues Statement
FLANDREAU, S.D. – Fire crews in Flandreau are battling a fire at the Flandreau Meat Locker. Crews arrived on scene around noon on Thursday. As of now, the fire is contained and there is no known cause for the fire just yet. Between 50 and 60 firefighters from six departments, including Dell Rapids, Brookings and Flandreau have been on scene. Today is “Locker Lunch Day” in Flandreau. The owners of the locker make food for paying customers every Thursday. Residents say it’s heart breaking to see this happen to the business.
“That was a young couple that had been working so hard. They took over the business from her parents and he was getting so involved in the community. He did the backpack program for the school. A very generous young couple,” said Flandreau resident Joan Severtson.
Severtson says she was one of the first in line for lunch today around 11 a.m. She says by the time she got home, a friend told her the business was on fire. Moody County officials say at this point, it’s too early to tell the extent of the damage. We’ll have more tonight on KDLT News at 10.
The city has issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the entire community of Flandreau, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, and the Flandreau Development Corporation, we want to express our most heartfelt condolences to the Tyler and Sarah Kills-a-Hundred family who own and operate the Flandreau Meat Locker. The Kills-a-Hundred’s lost their small but vibrant and successful business this afternoon in a fire. The business has been a part of their family for generations, and that the young couple only took over in recent years, raising it to a whole new level of success. The Flandreau Meat Locker’s custom work made it a downtown destination for locals and regional fans alike. Sarah and Tyler give back to their community whenever they can. We plan, as a community, to do everything possible to help the family and business rebuild.”
— Jack Eble (@Jack_Eble_KDLT) June 29, 2017