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Fire Guts LTB's; Building is a Complete Loss

A fire broke out at about 7 p.m. Sunday at Lions & Tigers & Beers Sports Club in downtown Wyandotte.

A fire at quickly went from a smoky inferno to an all-out blaze Sunday night.

Wyandotte Fire Chief Jeff Carley said the building is a complete loss. The fire raged for hours until only a couple of hot spots were left at about 1 a.m. While some neighboring departments that came in to help were preparing to call it a night, Carley said, some crews would remain till daybreak.

No injuries were reported. Emergency responders even rescued a cat that had been stuck for hours inside a loft in an adjacent building.

Emergency crews evacuated residents in nearby buildings.

Shane Pett lives in a loft in a nearby building and was allowed back into his place to grab some personal items.

"It does smell like smoke really bad in there," he said. "That’s kinda why I don’t want to sleep there tonight. ... The power's out, too, and they said it wouldn't be back on till midday tomorrow."

Biddle Avenue was closed between Chestnut and Eureka and wasn't expected to reopen anytime soon, Carley said early Monday morning.

While the fire ended up being massive, it started quite innocently. Plumes of smoke filled LTB's at about 7 p.m., forcing about 20 customers to exit the bar.

"It got really smoky and they told us to leave," Angela Fisher of Trenton said. "We didn’t see any flames or anything like that, but there was tons of smoke."

An employee told customers that it's believed the fire started in the bar's beer room, near the back of the building.

Flames quickly overtook the bar as onlookers gathered outside.

Natalie Rankine, director of , was in tears.

"When I got here, it didn’t seem that bad," she said. "But now? ... It's heartbreaking."

The called off-duty firefighters in to help battle the blaze. Other departments also were called in to assist, including Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Lincoln Park, Riverview, Rockwood, Southgate and Trenton.

"Half of Downriver is here tonight," Carley said.

to pump water from the Detroit River onto the blaze.

Brownstown firefighters also used hoses to pump in water from the Detroit River to battle the blaze from the rear of the building.

Though the fire was contained to Lions & Tigers & Beers, some neighboring businesses were affected by smoke and water damage. The extent of the impact on the surrounding area is not yet clear.

"All my merchandise is a total loss," said David Hall, owner of .

The size of the fire—people reported seeing it in nearby towns such as Lincoln Park—and the popularity of the bar elicited sadness and concern on social media such as Twitter and Facebook.

Tom Faryniarz came down to help put up police tape.

"I was down here, thought I should come help," Faryniarz said. "The building looks like a total loss."

Parts of Wyandotte lost power periodically because of the fire, but power was restored except for the one block of Biddle where the fire was still burning.

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Sarah June 11, 2012 at 05:25 AM
We will definitely see how strong of a community we have when it comes time to rebuild, shortly. I'm sure we will be thankful to say that we live in such a powerful small community. I know that our family business is going to do everything we can.
Melissa W June 11, 2012 at 06:11 AM
I'm moving to Wyandotte next month.. this is a tragic loss for the city. My heart goes out not only to the business owners (they are insured) but to all the employees that nolonger have jobs til the companies can rebuild. I find it sad that people have to jump to allegations of "insurance jobs" and redicule others just because they are not experiencing the same "smell" or "seeing" the same things somebody else is... grow up already and have some compassion for those directly envolved!
Catherine Kardel June 11, 2012 at 06:44 AM
Doesn't Wyandotte have a history of fires downtown?
elizabeth smith June 11, 2012 at 09:42 AM
your ignorant angie, if your house goes up in flames i hope someone accuses you of the same thing
Jerry Barton June 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Actually, Pete, you're incorrect. There has always been a bridal shop next to Why Not, but it was something else before it became Bella Donna's. LTB was definitely where the Metro Musicafe used to be.
Art Zasadny June 11, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Wow! We had thick smoke at 5th and Vinewood last night and this AM at 7, the FD was still there cleaning up. We seem to have so many fires downtown, it's too bad and I wish the best for thos who live and work downtown and the business owners. Very sad to see the damage...
Southernff June 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Grow up
Mary Washko June 11, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Wyandotte is a resilient and close-knit community. How sad and tragic but, we will forge on. I'm proud to be a resident and part of the City. I'm glad no one was hurt.......
Mitzi Wolfe June 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
My family own Why Not Costumes. This is very sad. I live in Wive and ive always loved beautiful wyandotte.
Mitzi Wolfe June 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
West Virginia....gotta love spell check.
Pete June 11, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Metro Music Cafe is now Bella Donna. Remember the 2nd floor balcony overlooking the river? LTB's is the old Voula's & George's Pub.
Janelle Rose June 11, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Our heart is broken for the owners, staff and patrons of LTB. It was a Wyandotte favorite and it's our hope that it will be up and running and vibrant again soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, Why Not, Bella Donnas, Riverside Yarn, Country Enchantments, Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobilak, and Betty Priskorn's office. This is such a sad day for downtown Wyandotte.
Janelle Rose June 11, 2012 at 02:36 PM
This is a good thought.
Lyndsey biegalski June 11, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Bella Donna's BRIDES: i know its not much but i do have a wedding dress its a size 4 it needs to be cleaned! if you need one i would be more than happy to help 734)307-6306
Janelle Rose June 11, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I have heard from several people that the fire started in the ceiling. I don't think anyone yet knows exactly what caused it in the ceiling...and until the investigators do their job, we won't. It's way too early to know. We're just relieved that no one was hurt.
Art Zasadny June 11, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Don't commercial bldgs have to have sprinklers installed? Seems that LTB isn't that Old and was refurbed when it was opened so I'm wondering if sprinklers were installed and if not, why? The Willow Tree and others are helping out and proving that we have a teally nice community and care aboit each other!
Douglas james June 11, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Oh man I ride bike there as I like outside drinks and smoke look to full moon shane .NICE BAR I LOVE as damn on fire .HOPE REBUILT IT .
Kristin Elise Martin June 11, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Anyone who has a dress at Bella Donna's should refer to the Downtown Wyandotte DDA page on Facebook. It seems like they have updates on what is going on with your dresses. "UPDATE ON BELLA DONNA'S: They are removing all of the dresses from the building and having them ionized (cleaned). The building DOES NOT have fire damage as some are reporting. It took the DDA only 5 minutes to find a space. BLESS YOU WILLOW TREE! A temporary space for alterations and fittings will be setup at Willow Tree. BELLA DONNAS WILL CONTACT ALL CLIENTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE."
Jerry Barton June 11, 2012 at 07:42 PM
When I drove thru the back lot around 8:15 last night that's where all the smoke looked like it was coming from, the balcony. I stand corrected. My wife also thought the same thing. I (we) stand corrected. So Bella Donna's was a two-story shop or was there something above it that utilized the balcony.
Peter Rose June 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Willow Tree and Chelsea are part of the whole of Wyandotte. We can't imagine NOT offering help. So sorry to our compatriots that have been laid low.
Art Zasadny June 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM
I love the apartment above the costume shop, it's beautiful. An older couple gave me a tour of the place many years ago after they renovated it. Really nice people and they really made it into a beautiful place to live!!
Art Zasadny June 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Too many downtown Wyandotte fires!!!!
DH June 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Its sad that something so tragic happens, then you have all these people trying to bring down the owners with false accusations, it is completely gut wrenching to think that these people are neighbors, and if something bad were to happen to someone else, would they be there to help or criticize? Hopefully everyone can pull together and rebuild.
Art Zasadny June 12, 2012 at 12:27 AM
We seem to have a big downtown fire in Wyandotte every 4 or 5 years. Seems like a lot, but maybe that's just what happens to old buildings? I don't know...
Angie June 12, 2012 at 02:39 AM
It's great to see pple call others ignorant on this! It was a thought not an accusation elizabeth! I posted more than that. You need to slow your roll, who ever you are!!!! Ur strong feeling with a weak mind is pathetic.
Mary Beatty June 12, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Hope no one was hurt in this fire, hope we find out soon what happened.
Mary Beatty June 12, 2012 at 05:38 AM
God Bless all the fire fighters.
Mary Beatty June 12, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Met my husband there back in the beginning of the 70's if it was Captain Ahab's.
Art Zasadny June 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM
There was also the fire that affected Stroh's Ice Cream and several other businesses and an antique shop on 1st street burned fown a couple of yeas ago...
Justin Gilewski July 04, 2012 at 01:43 AM
what was the cause?

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