Officials: Latest Gun Club fire raises flags’
Fire officials and investigators went to the landmark restaurant at 1122 E. Colley Road at 1:20 a.m. for a report of a fire. The Gun Club previously caught fire Aug. 7 in an arson.
“When something is already burnt, and it’s burning again, it raises a few flags,” Town of Turtle Fire Chief Tim Huffman told WCLO radio.
The bar area, which remained from the previous fire, was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, Huffman said.
The bar area’s roof collapsed onto the floor.
“When I got there, it was fully involved,” Huffman said. “There was nothing left.”
The Town of Turtle Fire Department, Rock County Sheriff’s Office and Office of the State Fire Marshal are investigating the blaze.
“I think there are some suspicious elements in that this is a building that wasn’t being currently utilized,” Sheriff’s Cmdr. Troy Knudson said.
The gas and electricity to the building had been turned off after the August fire. Friday’s fire destroyed the remaining walls and roof of the restaurant. An excavator was brought in to remove debris. Only the foundation remains.
The August fire might have been set to cover up a burglary, sheriff’s officials said. Money was stolen from a safe inside the business and several cases of expensive liquor were taken before the August fire was set.