NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Social Club’s former location near downtown Nashville caught fire Wednesday night, and officials say it’s considered suspicious.
The building, located at 700 Division Street, caught fire just before 8 p.m. Someone working at the Pour House down the street called the fire captain.
Heavy flames poured from the back of the building and spread from room to room, causing thick smoke that could be seen across the city.
Firefighters had no visibility and had to tear through walls to find the flames.
The building is considered a total loss. No one was inside.
Officials told News 2 at the scene they are treating the fire as suspicious at this time.
The swinger club’s name became known after their near-move to Madison recently caused quite a bit of controversy as the location was near a Christian school.
The club later announced it would become a church, which would exempt it from a new law that states swinger clubs must be located more than 1,000 feet away from a school.
Larry Roberts, attorney for The Social Club, told News 2 the club vacated the building on June 16 and turned it over to the new owners.
Club members are not concerned the fire at the old location was a targeted attack, nor that the new location in Madison is in danger, which remains closed to the public following a stop work order from Metro Codes. Roberts said the building has a plumbing issue that must be fixed before Metro will issue the final certificate of occupancy.
The new owners of the fire-damaged building told News 2 they have not decided what will occupy the space that formerly belonged to the swingers club.