Rainbow Lounge gay club in Texas damaged by fire


The building is impossible to be reconstructed, the specialists say. Legendary gay nightclub Rainbow Lounge was damaged by fire on June 1. Staff at the Texas club had closed for the night, but were still outside when they saw smoke coming from the building just after 3am. The roof caved in as firefighters worked throughout the night to douse the flames, according to NBCDFW. William MacQueenette, chief of Fort Worth Fire Department, said there were no victims because the fire started at night and the building was already empty and the staff was on the safe distance. The club made headlines in 2009 after being raided by Fort Worth Police and the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission in 2009. The raid, in which suspects were handcuffed, shouted at and put face down on the alcohol-dampened and glass covered floors amid claims of ‘drug dealing’, resulted in two TABC agents being fired, three Forth Worth police officers being suspended and over $80,000 in compensation paid by the city to avoid lawsuits.


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