BERLIN: Fire At Gay Sauna Kills Three

Germany’s The Local reports:

A fire broke out at a sauna club in west Berlin on Sunday evening, tragically costing the lives of three men who were inside at the time. A fourth man was brought to hospital with suspected smoke intoxication, a spokesperson for the fire service said. But the spokesperson ruled out the possibility of further victims.

The exact cause of death of the three victims initially remained unclear. A further 15 men were examined at the site of the fire, but were not found to have suffered any injuries. Fire services were alerted at around 10.30pm and arrived in large numbers. A total of 80 fire crew rushed to the scene in 30 vehicles.

The fire was extinguished relatively quickly, with crews preventing the flames from spreading to an elderly care home on the floor above. Customers of the establishment, many dressed in nothing but towels in the cold winter night, were provided shelter in a fire services van.

The sauna recently changed its name from Apollo Splash Club to Steam Works, but it doesn’t appear to be affiliated with the Steam Works chain that operates in Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, and Berkeley.

  • safari

    Tragic.

  • bkmn

    RIP gents.

  • ETownCanuck

    Back in the day when you used to be able to smoke everywhere, a friend was doing poppers with his partner du jour and a fleck of ash fell from his cigarette and into the bottle igniting it. He panicked and sort of threw the bottle, which resulted in the other guy being doused with flames. He immediately whipped off his towel to start putting out the flames, but the commotion drew others out of their rooms to see what was going on. They were able to witness my friend, stark naked, beating another flaming naked man with his towel. 911 was called and the firemen / paramedics arrived and had to wade through the crowd of towelled men to get to the victim, fortunately he was ok…mostly just his ego and chest hair damaged. Every once in awhile though we get to reminisce with our friend and say “Hey, do you remember that time you set your trick on fire?…Good Times…”

    My condolences to the victims and their loved ones, I do not mean any disrespect with my story. I only wish to inject a little levity into the day.

    • ATLJason

      “DO YOU REMEMBER THAT TIME YOU SET YOUR TRICK ON FIRE!” Ha…I have not laughed that hard at a JMG comment in awhile. That is one of those stories that is probably just as funny 40 years later as the day it happened.

      • ETownCanuck

        It’s been almost 30 and it still makes us laugh, and I’m glad it gave you one. They’re are sorely needed lately.

    • Did your friends also taunt him by singing a few bars of the Doors’, “Come on Baby, Light my Fire”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL2y57v8he4

  • WhiteJesus

    They died doing what they loved.

    • Silver Badger

      We can only hope.

  • Mike Solo

    Very tragic…. wonder if Trump will denounce this as terrorism

    • david fairfield

      If it is, HE and his HATEFUL rhetoric is the cause. He has empowered wackos and bigots of every variety to attack minority groups. His divisive actions have given permission, and all they were waiting for was an excuse. I hope one of them says as much in court…”isn’t this what the president wanted? “

  • Dk6

    never been to one but must say that there are some gay bars here in the city (NY) which become waaay too packed, to the point of sardines, and have very small doors as exits, there’s no way if a fire broke out, or worse, people wouldn’t get hurt.

    • david fairfield

      That’s how I felt the last time I was at Disneyland (which is probably the last time for a variety of reasons). I began to wonder what the cap was and how much they had exceeded it, and what kind of a calamity it would be in an emergency. I think especially now, gay bars, clubs, whatever should really scale back on maximum occupancy, because as I said earlier the bigots feel they now have permission to act on their hatred. You make an excellent point.

      • ColdCountry

        I was in Las Vegas, once, for a conference. The casino part of the resort was in a central hub that you had to pass through to get anywhere. Confusing, with few signs to the exits. However, New York, New York, where a group of us went to see Cirque du Soleil, was positively frightening. A dark rabbit warren of “streets” with no readily discernible exits. All I could think of was, ‘what if there’s a fire?’ Couldn’t get out fast enough.

  • TuuxKabin

    R.I.P. brothers. And love.

  • ATLJason

    Twenty-ish years ago I dove in and hit my head on the bottom of the pool in a club like this in Indianapolis. I was fine, thank God, but people get killed or put in wheelchairs for injuries like that. I was 20 and still in college. I always imagine what it would have been like for my parents to have had to come claim my body from Club Indianapolis. **shiver**

    • FatNance

      Your Dad would have been thinking “Wow. Has it really been 10 years since I was here?”

      • ATLJason

        It’s hard to read tone on the Internet so I’m not sure if that was supposed to be shitty or funny. Either way, it made me laugh. 🙂

  • JCF

    RIP.