The article below tends to give creditability to the theory that the bar owner was more than happy to let the fire burn down her bar to make way for a hotel:
An Itaewon brothel that was burned down by a U.S. soldier is being replaced by a seven-story hotel that the owner vows will “never, ever” be used for prostitution despite its location in the heart of a narrow street known as Hooker Hill.
“My hotel is just a place for simple sleeping, and the location is excellent,” said Yang Kwanyoung, adding that customers will have quick access to public transportation, popular shopping areas and palaces.
Pfc. Marcos Pedraza-Pascual was given a one-year suspended sentence for a conviction of gross negligence for the Nov. 15, 2011, blaze that started in the Tiger Tavern and caused about $71,000 in damage to three buildings on Hooker Hill, where a number of businesses remain off-limits to U.S. troops because of suspected prostitution and human trafficking. [Stars & Stripes]