Exotic dance club fire may have been set

April 22, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A fire that heavily damaged Club Lakewood and the Legz exotic dance club Monday may have been intentionally set, according to a spokesman with the state Fire Marshal's office.

Officials with the Fire Marshal's office were not available for comment Tuesday to explain why they believe the fire may have been set.

Fire Marshal spokesman Jerome Swain released a statement Tuesday saying investigators were considering the fire to be a possible arson.

A reward of up to $2,500 is being offered to anyone that can provide information that leads to an arrest and conviction, Swain said.


Also, anyone with information about the fire can call the Fire Marshal's office at 1-800-233-FIRE, according to Swain.

Dancers who worked at the club suspected the fire was set. Pamela Erickson, who worked with her husband Troy Erickson to start the business, said the fire was suspicious because it started on an outdoor pavilion where there was no electric service.

A neighbor who lived across the street from the club said a car "flew" out of the parking lot of the bar about 5:44 p.m., the same time fire officials received the call about the fire.

Firefighters said when the arrived at the bar, there was heavy fire in the rear of the business. It took about 90 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Officials said damages to the bar were estimated at between $300,000 and $400,000.

The club is on Mount Olive Road just off W.Va. 9 east of Martinsburg.

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