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Berlin’s Club der Visionaere damaged in fire

"We are now assessing the extent of the damage and hope to re-open soon"

A fire broke out in Berlin’s Club der Visionaere this morning, 15th June.

Firefighters were called to the beloved Kreuzberg club shortly after 8 AM and prevented the blaze from spreading to a nearby gas station.

According to a tweet from the Berlin Fire Department, three people were “slightly injured” in the incident. The cause of the fire remains unknown.

Contrary to early reports, Club der Visionaere have shared a statement to their official Instagram, revealing that the damage done to the club was not as bad as initially thought. 

"Today at 8 am an unfortunate fire broke out at Club der Visionaere," the statement reads. "First and foremost, we are extremely grateful, happy and relieved that no one was injured in the incident, including guests or staff. Contrary to news reports, the entire club was not affected, only a section of the upper level seating area located under the weeping willow tree, which was closed at the time of the fire. The club area itself was not effected. The fire safety standards and practices at Club der Visionaere have been established along side and approved by the local Berlin authorities, including the training and certification of our staff as fire protection first responders. The resulting mechanisms and infrastructure included first measures being taken immediately by our trained and certified staff ensuring guests were evacuated in a calm and controlled manner without injury. The remaining fire protection plan was carried out by certified staff smoothly until the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire.

"The cause of the incident is still unknown, investigations are ongoing. We would like to thank the Berlin police and fire department for their effective response and continued commitment. We are now assessing the extent of the damage and hope to re-open soon. Until then, we will keep on keeping on by continuing the Club der Visionaere program at Hoppetosse as of tomorrow/Sunday. Finally, we are extremely grateful to the tremendous support and compassion in way of messages and offers of help from the local and international Club der Visionaere community. In this moment of heavy concern, your words and energy are sincerely felt and appreciated."

The small but influential club had hosted a party on Friday 14th June with Dark Entries’ affiliate James Dean Brown and Tokyo-based DJs Yasu, Nehan, Shame M and Den.