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Biggie's Bar Works to Reopen in Turtle Lake After Fire

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Turtle Lakes' Turtle Day's Celebration is only days away.
A local bar in town that recently burned down this spring---is working to get back up and serving before the big weekend.
Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you inside Biggie's Bar for a look at the progress.

(Ron Landrus / Biggie's Bar Owner) "We were violated March 28th fire that morning around 6 am, I got a phone call at 7:30, three months later here we are."
Ron Landrus along with his carpenter are working 14 hour days to get Biggie's Bar open for Turtle Lake's Biggest weekend of the year.
(Ron Landrus / Biggie's Bar Owner) "It is our big weekend. It's the one weekend, where it's just swamped. It's like our state fair in town."
During that state fair in town, better known as Turtle Days---Landrus estimates he brings in 15% of his income.
"It's a big chuck. That's why one way or another, whether it was in the bar or outside with a tent we were going to be open for Turtle Days."
While this building on main wasn't a complete loss--nearly everything had to be replaced.
(Ron Landrus / Biggie's Bar Owner) "1/3 of the roof had to be replaced, 1/3 of the rafters, the whole front wall, the windows were all shot, the flooring was shot, as you can see by the new sheet rock in the front , all that wood back there is all new. All new wiring, electrical, everything. It's been a busy two weeks."
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "Not only did Biggies have to replace the tables and chairs. But all of his inventory had to be thrown and replaced as well." 
(Ron Landrus / Biggie's Bar Owner) "Every piece of wiring. Every outlet, every electrical, all the sheet rock, the ceiling, everything has been replaced. Carpet, everything. All my product had to go in the garbage so we had to start from scratch there. Freezers, everything. brand new tables and chairs. You don't realize what you had until you lost it basically and we lost everything."
Landrus says without a doubt---Biggie's will be open Friday morning.

Larson says the cause of the fire is still under investigation, he says there is a suspicion of arson.
He says he has taken a polygraph test and has been cleared of all wrong doing.


 

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