Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fast-moving fire of unknown origin guts Iowa City's only gay bar

The fire started shortly after 2:00 a.m. (bar closing time in Iowa) at a Bagel shop next to the Yacht Club last Saturday. Mitchell Schmidt of the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported:
Amazingly, the building housing Iowa City's only gay bar, The Yacht Club and three apartments still was intact when the sun came up.

"I thought we were done," Thomas said, standing near a now water-covered dance floor. "I can't believe it's not worse than it is."

Thomas is one of several Iowa City business owners, residents and officials reeling from Saturday's fire that caused extensive damage to the Bruegger's Bagels building, 225 Iowa Ave., and the neighboring Van Patten building, 9 S. Linn St.

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