Investigation continues into fire at Bear Creek Saloon

Investigation continues into fire at Bear Creek Saloon
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POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:46pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 4:10pm

Investigators with the state fire marshal's office spent the day examining what's left of the iconic Bear Creek Saloon in Montpelier, Monday. Investigators are trying to figure out what caused the fire at the Louisiana landmark, over the weekend.

Country music lovers and fans of the bar are still in shock over news of the fire.

"It's just kind of like a, like you know, a piece of history is gone out of our area," Charles Durand, fan of the saloon, said.
The bar caught fire Sunday, and investigators say it took six hours to get the fire under control.

The bar was a major spot for country music in the area. Elmus Corley, owner of the saloon said the bar is "biggest honky-tonk South of Nashville."

"It's just an iconic place. It's been everybody from Garth Brooks to Saturday night we had Aaron Lewis here," Corley said.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said investigators don't know what caused the fire just yet.

Browning said there is a question when it comes to the sprinkler system at the saloon.

"My biggest concern was to determine why the sprinkler system didn't control the fire, because that's what fire sprinkler systems are designed to do. There is a reason why it didn't, and we are going to try and find that reason," Browning said.

Now music lovers are hoping the bar will make a come back.

"This place is just iconic," Durand said. "I don't think that they could allow it to die this way. It will come back, and it will be bigger and better."

Corley said that's exactly what he has planned.

"As soon as, we an get this investigation over," Corley stated. "We're going to start to rebuild and come back and be as good as ever."

Browning said it will take investigators a few more days to determine the exact cause of the fire.

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