A Potter County, South Dakota, community is left stunned after flames tore through a junior and senior high school building in Hoven. It happened early Sunday morning and brought a dozen fire departments in to help fight the blaze. As students kick off their summer, there is a great deal of uncertainty as to what will happen when it's time to go back to school.
Tara Heuer and Abby Simon just wrapped up their junior year at Hoven High School. On Sunday, they woke up to the worst news yet.
"You heard about it right away, you heard the sirens and thought 'OK, our school is on fire,' this happens. This is a small town and then you go and start seeing the damage and you can't believe what's in front of your eyes," Senior Tara Heuer said.
"Seeing all the fire trucks come really put it into reality. It's not a joke anymore. We just watched the building go up into flames," Senior Abby Simon said.
What was once a vibrant building for nearly 60 students in Hoven is now charred, burned.
"I kept wishing I'd just wake up, there was no way this could be real life. This is a small town you don't think this type of thing will happen in a town like this," Heuer said.
Tara, Abby and their classmates had exciting plans for their big senior year.
"I've been here since I was little. Went to elementary and high school, really wish I could end up graduating like all my siblings have," Heuer said.
But like the devastating flames and smoke, their future here is now up in the air.
"It makes you sick, It'll be a long summer not knowing anything from where we're going to school or where it will be, if you'll be with everyone again," Simon said.
While Hoven teens are kicking off summer, the uncertainty lingers. But one thing will always remain the same: Once a Hoven Greyhound, always a Greyhound.