Velvet Rope, Oak Park Gay Bar, Fire Officially Ruled An Arson (VIDEO)

06/08/2012 12:51 pm ET

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of Windy City Times:

A fire that ravaged Oak Park's gay nightclub has been ruled an arson.

Investigators have determined that the fire that tore through the Velvet Rope Ultra Lounge, 728 Lake St., June 3 was set intentionally, said Deputy Chief Kenneth Klemm, of the Oak Park Fire Department.

"The [police department] has taken over the investigation," said Klemm.

Police Commander Phyliss Howard previously told Windy City Times that "there was some graffiti that would lead us to believe" that it might be either a hate crime or something like that."

David Powers, communications director for Oak Park, confirmed the presence of graffiti in the building but said that it is too soon to tell if the fire was an anti-gay crime.

WATCH a previous report on the fire that destroyed Velvet Rope:

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