WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a raging fire at a popular LGBTQ bar in West Palm Beach early Tuesday morning.
Firefighters were called to H.G. Roosters, located at 823 Belvedere Road, around 2:15 a.m.
Tour: A look at the damage to H.G. Roosters
When they arrived, thick smoke could be seen shooting from the roof and back of the building. Officials said the back of the bar suffered extensive damage.
Arthur Vale, the manager of H.G. Roosters, said he raced over after getting an alert on his phone.
"I saw a lot of smoke, so I came inside," said Vale. "Went to go back in the kitchen and the door was very hot. Couldn't even touch it. So I dialed 911."
A.J. Wasson, the owner of the business, released this statement to WPTV:
"We will rebuild. We have an amazing outpouring of love from our community."
Employees said the fire has caused a major setback, as they had been renovating the inside of the bar for the last couple weeks in anticipation of reopening.
Officials said no one was hurt, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Raw video: A look inside H.G. Roosters