Studio 338 in north Greenwich suffered extensive damage yesterday, in a blaze that saw more than 70 firefighters from London Fire Brigade attend the venue on Tunnel Avenue.
Following the incident 14 men were reportedly arrested on suspicion of arson, but were later released without charge as police continue to investigate the fire, according to BBC News.
It has also been reported that there was one casualty from the blaze at Studio 338. According to BBC London Newsroom, a man was attempting to dampen the fire on the roof of the club when it collapsed.
Within a few minutes, firefighters were able to rescue the individual, who is in his 20s and the Metropolitan Police later described as “fighting for his life”. He remains in a critical condition in hospital and being treat for “very severe burns”.
The main focus for the fire service yesterday was said to be a paper processing plant next to Studio 338, and the area around the club reportedly remains cordoned off due to the risk created by nearby gas cylinders.
Following the fire, Studio 338’s general manager issued an official statement.
“By now I'm sure you all know about the fire we have had here at Studio 338. The blaze started just before midday today and is now totally extinguished. For now that is all the information I have but of course I will update everyone as soon as we know more about the extent of the damages and loss.
“Myself and the team here want to thank you all for your support and the lovely messages we have received today. It's at times like this that you realise what wonderful people we have involved in London's dance music community.
“Although this is of course a very sad and upsetting day for everyone who has worked, performed or partied at Studio 338, right now we have stay positive and strong. I and the awesome team here will do everything and anything to get us all back dancing together as soon as possible
“Over the weekend, I read a beautiful line in Hilary Mantel's incredible Bring Up The Bodies. It goes: “The things you think are the disasters in your life are not the disasters really. Almost anything can be turned around: out of every ditch, a path, if you can only see it.”
“That's ringing in my ears today as we take stock and work out the next steps. Things are only finished if you let them be. Our unity and love for music will prevail, I am 100% sure of it.
“Finally, with regards to upcoming events and tickets, etc., the vast majority of you have understood that today is of course a bit early to even think about that. Our first priority is people's safety and understanding what has happened. Once we have had a chance to at least get an idea of the impact this has had, we will get straight onto what can be done for the near future and pre-booked tickets for events, which may now not be able to go ahead at 338.”
Rob McCallum is DJ Mag’s deputy digital editor. Follow him on Twitter here.
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