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Arson behind nightclub fire, officials say

Posted August 16, 2008

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— Investigators believe that arson caused a fire at an unoccupied nightclub on New Bern Avenue late Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters said they faced a brush fire that had extended into Black Tie nightclub, 3201 New Bern Ave., at 4:14 p.m. Twelve firefighters brought the fire under control in a little more than 10 minutes.

The fire damaged about 5 percent of the building, said Lt. T. Wilson, with the Raleigh Fire Department. No one was injured.

Wilson said authorities do not yet have a suspect in the arson.

The shooting death of Tyrone Robert Covington, 28, of Durham, at Black Tie in June 2007 prompted city officials to toughen nightclub ordinances. Police received more than 400 calls from near the club between January 2006 and June 2007.

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  • enoughsenough Aug 19, 2008

    Sounds like somebody is trying to clean up the neighborhood.

  • TStills Aug 18, 2008

    What a shame. The Black Tie was a dazzling, high class joint very befitting of its namesake. Amazed that anyone would want to burn down such a place.

    Oh well, hate the crime and not the playa, right?