Fire at Sin City Diciples Motorcycle Club remains a mystery – as do the owner’s whereabouts

sin city diciples fire_7737The cause of a suspicious fire that gutted the Sin City Diciples Motorcycle Club in Detroit remains a mystery because arson investigators have not been able to locate the owner, fire officials told us today.

The Jan. 29 fire raced through the cement-and-brick building on Gratiot just south of I-94, causing ammunition to explode. Three motorcycles and several guns were inside the club, according to a member at the scene.

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“Our arson unit has not reached anyone yet from the Motorcycle Club,” Fire Commissioner Donald Austin told us.
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“Arson has been by the location on several occasions, leaving business cards in conspicuous locations. There is no response yet.”

The motorcycle club is controversial. Launched in Gary, Ind. in 1966, it is known for attracting gang members, as well as military veterans. The bikers exclusively ride Harley Davidsons. While the club is virtually all black in membership, it doesn’t prohibit the inclusion of others.

For whatever reason, the club misspells “disciples.”

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Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist and former city hall reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Living on the city’s east side, Neavling explores corruption, civil liberties and the underbelly of an oft-misunderstood city.

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