(PCM) Deemed the “world’s largest biker bar” the Full Throttle Saloon has sadly been destroyed by an overnight fire. The Sturgis fire department arrived at the scene around 12:30 am to find smoke billowing out of the Full Throttle Saloon and they were unable to get inside to battle the blaze due to the amount of heat and smoke.
The firefighters were forced to battle the blaze from outside and tragically the famous saloon burned to the ground by 3:00 am. Local authorities claim that no one was injured in the blaze and the incident is currently under investigation.
Thus far it has been revealed that the main building of the establishment is a total loss and it seems that when the fire, which is speculated to have begun in a ceiling area near the distillery, hit the Sloonshine Distillery it gained a tremendous amount of momentum. There were over 500 gallons of grain alcohol on the premises.
Another factor that made it incredibly difficult for firefighters to battle this blaze is that there are no fire hydrants or ready water supply on-site at the Full Throttle Saloon. Their water is trucked to the establishment and held in holding tanks on the grounds.
The Full Throttle Saloon was a major Sturgis landmark and tourist destination as it featured music stages, ziplines, and even rental cabins. The Full Throttle Saloon also had its’ very own reality television series.