US: Investigation underway after Nebraska gay bar destroyed by fire

Nick Duffy February 2, 2015
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An investigation is underway, after a popular Nebraska gay bar was destroyed by a massive fire.

The Karma Nightclub and Cabaret, in Lincoln, Nebraska, was evacuated on Saturday evening after the fire broke out  – with firefighters battling for hours to bring the blaze under control.

However, the club – which has been open for just over a year – was almost entirely wrecked by the damage.

Lincoln Fire Battalion Chief Leo Bene said the business was a “total loss” after the roof caved in.

However, the cause of the fire remains unknown – and the investigation will take some time, as sub-zero temperatures caused the water from fire hoses to freeze.

Inspector Don Gross told the Journal Star: “It might take up to two weeks. It’s just a block of ice right now.”

Owner Kyle Baun said he was “heartbroken” to see the damage, adding: “Though the physical structure is no longer there the memories will carry on.”

Bryan Ruhs, who DJed at the club, said: “It’s like watching a part of my life burn away.”

“[When I first went to the club] I was 18 and had just come out.

“It was the first time I felt like I didn’t have to hide myself. It was my, our, home… and now it’s gone”

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