.Fire Destroys Old Healdsburg Dessert Stand

A midnight fire a couple of ago, at the spot where Memorial Bridge meets the east bank in the small town of Healdsburg, burned out the old Amy’s Wicked Slush building — once a hotspot for frozen desserts and other Boston favorites. Sonoma County photographer Tenaya Fleckenstein was at the scene of the fire Tuesday night. She says she watched firefighters from four different agencies — the Healdsburg Fire Department, the Northern Sonoma County Fire District, the Sonoma County Fire District and Cal Fire — fight back the flames. Healdsburg’s city manager says that “the damage to the structure is significant,” but that “there were no injuries and nobody was in the building.” The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he says. Amy’s was an especially popular spot at the onset of the pandemic, when locals would drive through, pick up or eat outside in the large patio area. Still, Amy Covin, the woman behind the Wicked brand, had to shut down her riverside slush stand last fall after six or so years in business, due to what she called “serious infrastructure issues” that made it “too difficult and too expensive” to keep the location open. “It’s sad enough to see Wicked not survive the pandemic,” she told the Press Democrat yesterday, after the fire. “To see this at the very end of it is just heartbreaking for me.” The property has been on the market for more than a year now, reportedly fluctuating in price from $1.5 million to $2.5 million, and will presumably be even harder to sell now. BTW, I’m not saying this means anything, but it seemed like there were a strange amount of fires reported in Sonoma County on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week — including the Amy’s fire, a vegetation fire in the hills west of Healdsburg, a roof fire at the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park and another roof fire at a big “Sonoma West facility” in Sebastopol. (Source: Tenaya Fleckenstein Photography via Facebook & Ariel Kelly via Facebook & Sonoma County Scanner Updates via Facebook & Press Democrat; paywall)

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