No foul play suspected in fire at Midtown LGBTQ bar Blake’s on the Park

Blake’s on the Park at 227 10th St. in Midtown is closed until further notice after a fire broke out at the popular LGBTQ bar early May 25. (Photo by Dyana Bagby)

No foul play is suspected in the fire that broke out over Memorial Day weekend at Blake’s on the Park, a longtime LGBTQ bar located in the heart of Midtown.

When the popular bar that has operated for nearly 40 years will reopen, however, is unknown.

On Tuesday afternoon, the damage from the May 25 early morning fire could be seen and smelled through windows of Blake’s upstairs level, located near the rainbow crosswalks at 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue.

American flags in preparation for a slate of events for the holiday weekend were still flying at the bar’s main entrance on 10th Street. Stools were sitting on tables.

Atlanta Fire & Rescue is investigating the fire that happened about 6 a.m., said spokesperson Anaré Holmes. The blaze caused “moderate” damage to a storage room in the bar’s upper level, including some damage to the roof.

Fire damaged a store room and a portion of the roof of the upstairs bar at Blake’s on the Park. (Photo by Dyana Bagby)

“There doesn’t seem to be anything nefarious; no foul play,” Holmes said. “There is an investigation underway. But right now, it is considered to be a moderate fire.”

Firefighters saw flames and smoke coming from the upper level of Blake’s when they got to the scene.

No one was in the bar at the time of the fire and no injuries reported, Holmes said. Crews were on the scene for about three hours.

A burned awning is seen at the back of Blake’s on the Park.

Attempts to reach someone from Blake’s on Tuesday were unsuccessful. A post on social media said the bar would be “closed until further notice.”

A sign on the front door apologized for those looking to celebrate the weekend at Blake’s.

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Rough Draft Atlanta, Reporter Newspapers, and Atlanta Intown.

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