Detroit — A few picnic tables and outdoor chairs are all that remain of the Street Royalty Motor Cycle Club on Detroit’s west side.
A fire late Tuesday night is believed to have destroyed the club at Dexter and Webb. No injuries have been reported. DTE Energy spokesman Pete Ternes said a call came in around 12:33 a.m. and crews arrived on scene shortly after to investigate a possible gas leak.
"The roof of the building had caved in, and there was no gas on at the sight, so what they did was turn the gas off at the meter," Ternes said, adding that the cause of the incident does not appear to be related to a natural gas explosion.
"It looked like a fire from other causes," Ternes said.
Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said firefighters have been on scene twice since receiving a call at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, and investigators are working to determine the cause.
On Wednesday morning, the club posted on its Facebook page that it has received an "overwhelming" amount of texts and messages from supporters.
“Unfortunately, due to fire we have completely lost our home and everything we have worked so hard for,” the post states. “Please keep us in your prayers during this difficult time.”
Detroit resident Lawrence Harris lives down the street and said he would always see motorcyclists hanging outside the building.
“This is crazy,” he said, starring at the charred building, still smoldering. “That ain’t no fire. Definitely something blew up.”
Harris said he left for work around 7 p.m. Tuesday and the building was fine.
“I’m usually standing right at that bus stop over there,” he said, pointing to the bus sign a few feet from the rubble. “I’m glad I wasn’t here.”