Reporting Ron Dewey
WYANDOTTE, Mich. (WWJ) – Fire crews were still on the scene in Wyandotte Monday morning — where a popular bar went up in flames Sunday evening.
The fire took off around 7 p.m. Sunday and about 10 hours later, the ladder truck was still on Biddle pumping water into the shell of the building that used to be the Lions, Tigers and Beers bar. Through the front of the building, you could see where the second floor collapsed into the main level; it’s a total loss.
Quick action by Wyandotte and neighboring fire departments kept the blaze from becoming a block-sized catastrophe for a downtown that has been developed in recent years into an active dining and shopping destination.
Tony LaCroix, meanwhile, says the LTB was a popular gathering place for the big game.
“This is gonna — I tell you man — they’re gonna have to find another bar in Wyandotte, or somewhere else to go,” LaCroix said. “But that was THE business in Wyandotte, right there.”
The wait staff discovered smoke that led first responders to a fire that was raging above the ceiling. Extra help from neighboring departments and a set of firewalls help keep flames from spreading down the block where Biddle meets Oak street. No injuries, and no cause has been determined yet.
There are some reports of smoke and water damage to neighboring businesses, but for the most part, it looks like firefighters were able to keep the fire from expanding beyond the LTB.