Massive fire rips through gay nightclub in Texas

Fire severely damages gay nightclub in Texas

A fire broke out at a nightclub (Stock image)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A gay nightclub in Texas was severely damaged by a fire this morning (June 1).

Staff at the Rainbow Lounge had closed the club for the night, but were still outside when they saw smoke coming from the building just after 3am, according to Fort Worth Fire Department.

Eight fire engines went to the scene and as firefighters worked to extinguish the fire the roof collapsed, according to NBCDFW.

Nearby roads were closed whilst the emergency services dealt with the issue.

William MacQueenette, chief of Fort Worth Fire Department, said there were no injuries as no one was left inside the building when the fire began.

Officials said the fire has damaged the building so much that it is a total loss.

Previously the Rainbow Lounge was raided in 2009 during an inspection by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) and Fort Worth police.

The incident left two men injured and caused three TABC employees to lose their jobs, whilst three police officers were suspended.

You can see footage of the fire in the tweet below.