Fire heavily damages club that caters to gay customers

Fire destroyed much of the well-known gay nightclub Puchos late Sunday morning.

The downtown location on the southwest corner of Avenida 8 and Calle 11 was unoccupied at the time. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, but there were suspicions of criminality when the same nightclub suffered heavy damage in a fire in July 2009.

Lonely Planet reviewed the night club and gave this assessment: This gay male outpost is more low-rent (and significantly raunchier) than some; it features scantily-clad go-go boys and over-the-top drag shows.

But the L-shaped structure also was one of the centers of the gay political activity in Costa Rica, as evidenced by Facebook posting.

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