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FULL THROTTLE SALOON Burns To The Ground

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 @ 6:06 PM


Bar Was Site For Reality TV Series

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The self-proclaimed 'world's largest biker bar', located in Sturgis, South Dakota, burned to the groundin a fire early Tuesday morning. The iconic landmark plays host to thousands of bikers every year during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and is also where the TruTV reality series Full Throttle Saloon was filmed.

According to a report by KBHB Radio:

"Crews from the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department were among the first to respond and find smoke coming from the roof of the structure. A passer-by reportedly informed the clerk at the Kickstart Convenience Store across the highway of smoke coming from the building.

Sturgis Assistant Fire Chief Shawn Barrows says crews tried to get inside but heat and smoke forced firefighters to battle the blaze from the outside in heavy winds. Crews worked diligently to keep the fire from spreading to nearby structures – including the convenience store across the highway. The building was completely on the ground by 3 a.m.

Barrows says there were no injuries. That includes the bar’s mascot – a donkey named Emmitt, who was rescued from the blaze."

Read the full story HERE.

After the rock band JACKYL performed at Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota, vocalist Jesse James Dupree formed a partnership with Full Throttle Saloon owner Michael Ballard and the duo created the reality show, covering the operations of the largest biker bar in the United States.

So far there's been no news as to what caused the early morning blaze and when or if it will be rebuilt.

Photo courtesy of KEVN Black Hills Fox






















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