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Soldiers save Seattle gay club

Timothy Kincaid

January 3rd, 2014

When the Defense Department’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was overturned and gay soldiers could serve openly, anti-gay activists warned of unexpected consequences. And, in a way, they were right.

On New Year’s Eve, someone entered Seattle’s Neighbors Bar, poured gasoline on the stairway, and set the club on fire. What happened next illustrates one unexpected consequence of having trained soldiers who are a part of all walks of life. (kirotv)

In the first few seconds after the fire roared up the back stairway of Neighbours nightclub in Seattle, US Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Bostick was one of a few New Year’s Eve revelers who reacted immediately.

“I’m embarrassed to say, my first move was to go after it with cups of water. Then I quickly realized, this fire is way bigger than that, he said.

In the next breath, the Army Intelligence veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan tours sharpens his tone, as if news of impending violence is to follow.

“You know, in 30 seconds, if that fire did what the arsonist intended, there’s no telling how many people could have died.”

While 750 people counted down to the new year, Bostick rushed to grab a fire extinguisher from behind the bar. He and Air Force member Mike Casey went to work putting out the gasoline-fueled fire.

“It was like the Carrie movie,” Bostick recounted, “you see just fire everywhere. And that’s all you can see and for a second, that’s all you’re focused on.”

The crowd evacuated smoothly, no one was hurt, and the police are investigating.



January 3rd, 2014 | LINK

Thanks to Box Turtle Bulletin’s daily history lessons, I can wonder whether lighting stairs with gasoline is the usual way to burn down a bar, or if this was a deliberate attempt to recreate the UpStairs Lounge fire.

Paul Douglas
January 3rd, 2014 | LINK

And the christianists whine that THEY are the persecuted ones.

January 4th, 2014 | LINK

If the perpetrator(s) is/are caught. I would hope the district attorney would charge him/them with reckless endangerment. If the penalty for that crime is one year in prison, then it should be 750 counts and the judge count render a sentence of one year in prison 750 times. Sentences to be served consecutively.

January 4th, 2014 | LINK

Reckless endangerment??? How about 750 counts of attempted murder?

January 5th, 2014 | LINK

…Or one count of Arson?

That’s still enough to put someone away for quite a while.

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