Rosie's Den Destroyed by Fire but the Lottery Goes On - 8 News NOW

Rosie's Den Destroyed by Fire but the Lottery Goes On

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White Hills, AZ. -- A popular landmark spot for Nevadans to buy lottery tickets was devastated in an early morning fire Friday.

The fire at Rosie's Den broke out shortly before 4 a.m. but because of its rural location on US 93, not much was left to save by the time Lake Mohave Ranchos firefighters got to the scene.

 "It took well over an hour for a fire truck to get here," said Sheila Larson, owner's daughter-in-law.

The location, which is just past Hoover Dam, is what made the store a popular stopping point for people traveling to the Grand Canyon or for Nevadans looking for a close place to buy a lottery ticket. The store opened in 1933.

Slideshow: Images from the fire at Rosie's Den

"It's a second home. It's a second home for basically everybody who lives here in the community," said John Monday, a customer.

"It's my life. My life's just burned down to the ground," said Karen Beck who has worked at Rosie's Den for the past seven years. In all, there are 18 people out of work.

While the store was destroyed, the gift shop is still standing and Larson says they will sell lottery tickets out of there within days.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

The owner of Rosie's Den says she did not have fire insurance but does have plans to rebuild the store.

There's now a drive to raise money for food and supplies for the unemployed Rosie's employees. If you'd like to help, call Lea White at (702) 289-2391 or (928) 767-3010.

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