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South-side gentleman’s club fire investigated as arson, fire marshal says

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, June 15, 2013, at 6:43 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 12:55 p.m.

Authorities think a fire that damaged an Oaklawn neighborhood gentleman’s club was intentionally set, Sedgwick County Fire Marshal Tavis Leake said.

The department is handling Saturday afternoon’s fire at Teddy Bare’s, 4858 S. Clifton, in conjuction with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and treating it as a possible burlargy-arson, Leake said Saturday evening by phone.

“We definitely have signs and evidence of an intentionally set fire,” he said, adding that no suspects had been identified as of Saturday.

Fire crews responding to the fire just before 2 p.m. found heavy smoke and flames pouring from the back of the club, Leake said. Although most of the fire was concentrated near a rear door, smoke damage occurred throughout the building, he added.

Leake estimated the property’s value at $83,390 and its contents at $10,000. He said both “are a total loss.”

The club, near 47th South and K-15, was closed when the fire started, he said.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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