Sunday, June 03, 2012

The Velvet Rope Gay Nightclub burns down... & in an odd coincidence 4 Chicago police exempt members went on the medical today for smoke inhalation


Fire and police crews were sifting through the burnt-out remains Sunday after an early-morning fire destroyed a gay nightclub in Oak Park.

The fire gutted the interior of the Velvet Rope Lounge, 728 Lake St., about 6 a.m. Sunday.

The plate glass window lay in shards on the sidewalk in front of the nightclub. The interior visible from the street appeared charred or covered in black soot.

At about 1 p.m., onlookers — many heading to Oak Park’s summer festival A Day in Our Village ­— were kept at a distant. Pedestrian traffic was diverted into westbound lanes of Lake Street.

Neighboring businesses Geppetto’s Toy Store and the Flat Top Grille also sustained damage.

Eric Masoncup, owner of Geppetto’s, said his business will be closed at least through Sunday.

“We got smoke damage in the store and some water in the basement. We’ve got a recovery team determining the extent of the damage,” Masoncup said.

Fire investigators were on the scene.

An officer outside the Velvet Rope said command officials were not available for comment. They continue to investigate.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Firemen had no trouble putting their hoses in the rear. They believe fire was caused by excessive pole smoking.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Blago!

Anonymous said...

It was just a thooper plath to hang out with my south side friends...

Anonymous said...

Those gays were FLAMERS!!!

Literally...

Anonymous said...

"Fire investigators were on the scene."

Oh! They were HOT HOT HOT!

http://youtu.be/nrhf_zgtmAg

Anonymous said...

i hope mr southside is ok.

Anonymous said...

Nice picture of Promotional exam for ommander.

Commander Mummmbles has perfected this position. He bends over on command, hoping to be promoted again.

Commander Mummmbles a ball licking coward.

Anonymous said...

Are you o.k. Shaved?

Anonymous said...

Cui bono?

Anonymous said...

Cui bono?
20 to 1 the owner did it...

Anonymous said...

please name any known gay guys on the CPD.

Anonymous said...

Must have been sparks from that serious ass pumping.

Anonymous said...

Keith Oby and Rick Tanksley are gay lovers on the down low!

The Keesing Bandit said...

How come no one asked if I am OK?

My feelings are hurt.

Now, kees me you fool!

The Keesing Bandit said...

I feel sooooo lonely!!!!!

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

The Keesing Bandit said...

How come no one asked if I am OK?

My feelings are hurt.

Now, kees me you fool!

I Voted For Obama said...

Eric Masoncup and his cousin, Eric Masonjar, both voted for Obama.

Mr. SouthSide said...

I am just fine, thank you. Nice picture. All that guy needs is a Cubs hat.