Police investigate suspicious fire that shut down Jackson sports bar


JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — A popular mid-Michigan bar is closed as police investigate a fire that could be suspicious.

Sunday night, fire tore through the back of Chase Sports Bar in downtown Jackson.

As police try to figure out what caused the fire, the bar’s owner tells 6 News that the clean-up process is getting started so they can get the watering hole back open.

Randy LeMaster says he watched as his beloved bar went up in flames.

“We pulled in, a lot of fire trucks, flames out of the back of the building,” LeMaster said.

Photos and video from our media partners at the Jackson Citizen Patriot show the threatening fire raging outside Chase.

Around 9 p.m. Sunday, a passerby spotted the fire and ran into the restaurant to warn employees.

Firefighters contained the flames before the fire spread inside.

“The outside freezer is a total loss. We have a lot of smoke and water damage,” LeMaster said.

Police believe the fire started in a box in the alley that was full of cardboard.

“I think it might be suspicious, yeah,” LeMaster said.

The Jackson Police Department agrees, and has launched an investigation.

“We’re attempting to obtain any video footage that was in the area there to possibly identify what had transpired. At this point it is suspicious,” said Deputy Chief Elmer Hitt.

30 employees are now out of work during a busy season for the sports bar.

“We’re trying to get as much work done as we can in the next week or so. And hopefully get back open as soon as possible,” LeMaster said.

If you have information about the fire, contact the Jackson Police Department at 517-788-4100.

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