Investigators have determined that a recent fire at a gay North Knoxville, TN nightclub named “Club XYZ” was intentionally set and has been declared arson.
An arson dog sniffed out an accelerate, which authorities say was likely used to start the fire. “I don’t think it’s random violence,” Travis Kincaid, an investigator from Knoxville Fire and Explosives Unit, told the News Sentinel. “It looks to be targeted at a person or at the business. But I’ve found absolutely nothing to indicate it’s a hate crime. … I don’t want that perception out there.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation laboratory is analyzing samples from the burned area to determine what kind of accelerate was used to start the fire.
NOTE To Travis Kincaid:. Travis, if it’s ARSON and targeted at a gay person or a gay business then it IS A HATE CRIME.