City and federal investigators said a second motorcycle club building in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood has burned this month, though authorities don't know if the fires are related.
The Sin City Motorcycle Club on Frankstown Avenue was reported on fire about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. The building was burned more than a year ago, on June 7, 2011, when someone was seen breaking windows and throwing a burning object -- possibly a Molotov cocktail -- into the building.
“I don’t know for sure, but they said somebody must have thrown a cocktail in the second-floor window,” the club’s owner said after last year’s blaze.
The building had been used primarily for storage until it was destroyed by the latest fire, which has been ruled arson after investigators found traces of gasoline poured throughout.
Jerry McNeill, who lives near the club, said he thinks whoever is responsible for setting the fire doesn’t want the club in the neighborhood.
“They ride their motorcycles and we partied with them. Then, all of a sudden, somebody’s got a vendetta for them,” McNeill said.
The second Sin City fire comes barely two weeks after a building owned by another group, the New Brotherhood Motorcycle Club, was heavily damaged in an early morning fire June 11.
That fire is also considered suspicious.
“We definitely don’t need this. We’re trying to fix the community up. We don’t need them to burn it down,” McNeill said.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about either fire to contact authorities.