A fire that broke out shortly before 4 a.m. on May 18 destroyed Boot Camp Saloon, the popular leather bar in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood.
It took firefighters an hour and a half to control the two-alarm blaze at 209 E. National Ave., according to the Milwaukee Fire Department. News crews reported that half the building was fully engulfed, with flames shooting as high as 30 feet into the air.
Officials were on the scene early May 18 investigating the cause of the fire.
Although the building was called a total loss, much of the damage was near a deck on the south side. The bar is connected to a house but no injuries were reported.
WiG was unable to reach Si Smits, who has owned the bar for nearly 30 years and reportedly lived above it, prior to press time.