An early morning fire at the Des Moines Renaissance Faire grounds has left at least two structures with nothing but charred framework remaining.
Police say they responded around 1:15 a.m. Monday to reports of a fire in an area of Sleepy Hollow Sports Park where the festival is held. Fire officials called in portable water tanks to contain the flames that scorched the food vendor and maintenance buildings because no hydrants are located on the fairgrounds.
Park owner Rick Flatt tells the Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/1ytNWGb ) that he’s unsure how the fire could have started because nobody works on Sunday evenings. Authorities had to cut a padlock gate to reach the site.
Three burnt tanks were located near the fire scene. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Nathaniel James, General Manager at Sleepy Hollow SPorts Park said,
“Crews responded to a fire at Festival Park (home of the Des Moines Renaissance Faire and Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Scream Park) around 2:00am this morning. The fire was contained to three vendor buildings, and did not spread to any of Sleepy Hollow’s main buildings or attractions. Although the cause of this fire is under investigation, nobody was present at the time of the fire and there were no injuries. We are all shocked to hear this news, however, this occurrence will NOT affect any of Sleepy Hollow’s activities or festivals held throughout the year. We plan to have these three small buildings rebuilt in time for the 2015 Des Moines Renaissance Faire, held the first three weekends of September.”