Monday, February 20, 2006
Two popular nightspots in Ski Time Square will remain closed until structural engineers can inspect the building they share and necessary repairs are made.
Lupo's and Levelz were evacuated at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday after a patron at Lupo's called 911 complaining about what she thought was a building failure. The building is in the 1800 block of Ski Time Square Drive.
"What I saw when I got there was some obvious sagging in one of the structural members that supports the dance floor and some drywall had fallen," said Steamboat Springs firefighter Travis Wilkinson. By the time Wilkinson arrived, most of the patrons had evacuated.
Firefighters determined the second and third floors were not safe for occupancy and assisted staff in clearing the bars.
"The overriding concern was everyone's safety, so the building was evacuated, and the second and third floors were evacuated," said Chuck Porter, general manager of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, which owns the building.
The performance by the band Swollen Members was cut short at Levelz because of the evacuation.
"It sounds like they had a song that caused the entire group of people to simultaneously jump up and down," said Sgt. Nick Bosick with the Steamboat Springs Police Department.
The Reverend Horton Heat and the Shack Shakers were scheduled to perform Monday night. The tickets for Monday's show will be refunded, a bar representative said.
The firefighters estimated how many people were inside the bar, and the fire marshal's office will continue the investigation, Wilkinson said. Bar employees ensured firefighters that the bars were not over occupied, Wilkinson said.
Porter said stores on the first floor of the building can remain open and that a structural engineer would inspect the building today.
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