Fire erupts at Knoxville gay bar


On Sunday Knoxville firefighters responded to a call regarding a fire in the back of popular gay bar Club XYZ and the adjacent school of hair design on North Central Street.

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, investigators are working to determine the cause of what they have called a suspicious fire discovered early Sunday morning.

A passing motorist reported the fire at about 7:15 a.m. after seeing flames on the back deck of Club XYZ, according to Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran.

The flames also spread to a doorway awning at the adjacent Knoxville Institute of Hair Design before the fire was extinguished.

According to Corcoran, the fire was suspicious,though no further details have been provided. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was notified to investigate the blaze.

Anyone with information about a possible cause of the fire is asked to call the Knoxville Fire and Explosion Unit at 865-637-1386.

UPDATE: Knoxville Fire Department officials are now saying that this was an intentionally set blaze. Department Assistant Chief Danny Beeler today said investigators "have determined it was a set fire."