UPDATE: Heavy fire damage at private campground on Lake Poinsett (Audio)

Photo by Don Fjerstad

June 9, 2020
Mike Tanner

LAKE POINSETT, S.D.—A destructive scene this morning at a private campground on Lake Poinsett south of Watertown after an overnight fire.

Hamlin County Emergency Manager Dave Schaefer says the fire at the Spilde Campground, next to the Dollar General store, was reported at 2:15 this morning.

He says there was a lot destroyed in the fire…

Schaefer says there were no injuries. He says it could have been much worse had the fire happened on a weekend…

He credits volunteer fire departments from Castlewood, Hayti, Arlington, Estelline, Lake Norden and Badger for their work in fighting the fire in very windy conditions…

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Schaefer says foul play is not suspected.