Investigation of Sharkee’s Bar fire reveals forcible entry
LUVERNE — The investigation into a fire at Sharkee’s Sports Bar & Grill building, 705 S. Kniss Ave., has revealed that forcible entry was made into the building, and that the fire was intentionally set.
“We concluded that the fire was intentional due to the forcible entry,” said Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge. “The door was open, and there was other evidence to suggest forcible entry.”
In the early morning hours of May 27, a deputy with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office noticed smoke coming from the north side of the Sharkee’s Sports Bar & Grill building. The Luverne and Beaver Creek fire departments were called to assist with putting out the fire and smoke.
Sharkee’s had been closed since Easter weekend after the sewer backed up in the building’s lower level. Owner Dave Halverson had initially planned to close the business temporarily at the start of the year in order to demolish and rebuild the building. Those plans were put on hold this spring after Halverson purchased the Tailgators Bar and Restaurant in Brandon, S.D.
According to Verbrugge, a rumor that the land that Sharkee’s Bar sits on has been sold to another owner is false.
The incident is still under investigation by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the State Fire Marshal and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
There is a $5,000 cash reward available to anyone that provides information leading to an arrest and conviction of a suspect(s) in the case.
Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office at (507) 283-5000 and speak with Investigator Jeff Wieneke or Verbrugge. They may also be contacted by email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.