Fire destroys bare weapons firing range

HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) — For bystanders, it’s the aftermath of a fire, but for William Bare, it’s devastating.

“When you built it from the ground up and you know we all contributed to it, all of our family and friends, it hurts,” said Bare, the owner of Bare Arms LLC.

The injury at Bare Arms Gun Range began on Sunday, when Bare said a bullet hit a rubber backstop, starting a fire. He says it took firefighters about 6 hours to put out the flames and it’s a total loss.

Fortunately, the fire did not spread to the restaurant and armory and no one was injured. These locations will reopen later this week, which is good news for loyal customers.

“I wanted to come here and I wanted to eat,” said loyal customer Gemma Fearn. “Obviously I hope everything is fine with the fire and it’s awful that it happened.”

Bare says he already has plans for what he wants his new line of guns to look like.

“We learned some things that we wanted to do and had plans to do and now this will give us the opportunity to rebuild it,” Bare said. “We stay positive and move on. It’s just that life has hills and valleys and it’s just one valley and we’ll come out of it and come back to that hill.

A chance for change, but not in the way he hoped.

Martin E. Berry