Studio 716, a gay
bar in Fayetteville, Ark., that had once before been
the target of an attempted arson, was destroyed by flames
early Saturday. "There was substantial damage to the
building itself and a total loss of the contents,"
Fayetteville Fire Department battalion chief Terry
Lawson said. "There was substantial damage, and the entire
back wall is completely gone."
The nightclub's east wall was gone, though the
roof, interior walls, and a fire wall between the bar
and the adjoining Tramps Salon and Spa still stood.
The salon sustained smoke damage. Lawson would not comment
on how the fire may have started. But the club, in a
message on its Web site, called the blaze "an
unprovoked attack." "We will not let this destroy the
NWA community," the message on the Web site went on to
say. "This is a time for the gay & lesbian community to
Lawson said a fire on June 26 behind the
nightclub had been intentionally set. No one has been
arrested in the first blaze, officials said.
Fayetteville police said the nightclub had been broken into
recently and vandalized.
As investigators worked on Saturday, fire
department personnel went through the burned
remains of the club and marked potential evidence with
yellow placards. Fayetteville police and fire officials are
continuing to investigate. Fayetteville police didn't
return a call for comment on Sunday. Lawson said
firefighters were called to the nightclub at 7:12 a.m.
Saturday and that the fire was under control less than an
hour later. The club was unoccupied at the time the
fire broke out, Lawson said. (AP)