Popular teen club torched, leaving owner in tears - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Popular teen club torched, leaving owner in tears

Lisa Jackson opened Club Envy last year to keep teens out of trouble. But Monday morning, trouble is exactly what turned up, when someone set the teen nightclub on fire.           
          
"It's wrong it's just wrong," Jackson said.
 
Wrong for someone to torch Lisa Jackson's dream. That has brought her to tears.

"We were doing everything right and now it's gone," Jackson said.

Gone? Club Envy, a teen hangout for 13-19 year olds. A place that used to be home for many kids on the weekends.

"If they're here from 8 to 1am, they're not , they're not having sex, they're not doing things they shouldn't be doing, so they are here with us having a good time and being safe," worker Brady Boyd said.
 
But now, everything inside is burnt to a crisp.

Jackson said the club did get hate mail with threatening messages and would forward them to police.

She is hoping the 22 security cameras inside and outside the building caught something before their eyes were spray painted.

"If there is movement they come on and they record. We have a 31 day looping system. It doesn't go to a desk or video tape it goes directly in to a hard drive," Jackson said.

That hard drive's been turned over to investigators.

Another clue. Someone made it a point to mark the floor, mark the doors, mark the games with a group sign. Suggesting a possible calling card.

"I don't know if it was done to make it look like a gang or a gang of wannabes I don't know," Jackson said.

But what is clear, through the mess, someone wanted this place destroyed and accomplished it. But also left evidence behind that could link them to the fire. 

"They took from its employees they took from this community and they took from my family,"Jackson said.

The fire caused $350,000. The club owner said she plans to rebuild.

Investigators are asking anyone with information on who ignited the blaze to contact Crimestoppers at 528-CASH.


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