Splash Kingdom Waterpark still open after fire

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Splash Kingdom Waterpark owners Johnny and Marcie Blevins stand with their son, Brett, in front of temporary buildings at Splash Kingdom.

On April 28, a portion of the Splash Kingdom Waterpark was destroyed by an early morning fire. According to Splash Kingdom Owner Johnny Blevins, no official cause for the fire has been given after investigations from local and county fire officials.

 “The investigation is over,” said Blevins. “The fire officials investigated for two or three days before being interrupted by the massive outbreak of tornadoes that struck April 29 and we totally understood that. Everything in front was burned so completely. They were able to determine that there were no accelerants but they could not determine the start or the cause of the fire.”

 “Everything up front burned with the exception of the outside walls that were made of block,” said Blevins. “When I arrived about 3:30 a.m. April 28, after receiving a call  our alarm company, the Canton Fire Department was on scene. You could not see a lot of fire initially but a short time later, fire started coming out of the middle of the roof in the middle of the building. It seemed to have really taken over in the attic and burned in both directions. There were a few pieces of desks that did not burn but it was a total loss so far as the front of the building was concerned. The slides, the porch areas and the restrooms were not damaged by the fire and we were very fortunate there.”

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