Hearne: Fire Last Night at Knuckleheads Could Have Been Worse

600The last thing Kansas City needs right now is another high profile fire after JJ’s

Yet that’s exactly what went down around 8 p.m. last night at Knuckleheads Saloon in the East Bottoms. That was the talk going around this morning anyway, but a quick check of the usual suspects – the Star, Pitch, even Tony – revealed that no reporting on it had been done.

So did they have a fire at Knuckleheads last night?

“We did,” says owner Frank Hicks. “It wasn’t huge, but it was a pretty good-sized fire. The building I own across the street caught on fire – I think it was a space heater – but we don’t know for sure yet. But the firefighters did a good job, they came down quick and put it out.”

5af6_5383389.tFortunately for local live music lovers and Hicks the fire didn’t spread to the nightclub just across the street, That’s the good news.

The bad news is Hicks year-old, kickass $33,000 outdoor sound system was still stored in the building. He’d planned to take it out and reinstall it this week but it’s not clear how badly damaged it was.

“It’s covered in debris,” Hicks says. “I’m not sure how much smoke or fire damage there was – I’m more worried about water damage from the fire fighters putting out the fire.”


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12 Responses to Hearne: Fire Last Night at Knuckleheads Could Have Been Worse

  1. Super Dave says:

    Well glad to see you got a scoop on everyone else.

    Guess Tony’s hot tipsters must have all slept late today.

    Hope Frank had that sound system insured. Has to be a bummer this close to starting things up for the summer to have that happen.

  2. paulwilsonkc says:

    Thanks for getting it RIGHT! The early death of Knuckleheads was greatly exaggerated, huh?

  3. paulwilsonkc says:

    SD, I’d bet this story came from one of Hearnes kick ass tipsters OR Harely, since he’s always right!

  4. paulwilsonkc says:

    Yep, that’s what I was told, Admin.

  5. newbaum turk says:

    You about gave me a heart attack thinking my favorite bar burned down

  6. Libertarian says:

    It was at Mid-City Truck Painting, Frank’s body shop.

  7. Fresh says:

    So the Star and Pitch are getting criticized for not reporting that Knuckleheads did not catch on fire? Got it.

  8. paulwilsonkc says:

    JJ’s has ….. never mind, still too early.

  9. PB says:

    Criticizing others non-reporting while posting a totally misleading pic to highlight your own story. Not sure what’s worse.

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