Earlier this morning, a fire broke out at Club der Visionäre, an iconic riverside club venue in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district, as Der Spiegel reports. According to tweets posted by the Berlin fire department, the club was left “burned out almost completely” as a result of the blaze, which was contained with the help of 70 on-scene emergency responders.
Last night, Club der Visionäre was host to a birthday show for the Perlon-affiliated DJ/producer James Dean Brown, with multiple DJs from Tokyo on the bill in addition to Brown. The cause of the fire has yet to be reported at this time.
Update (06/15, 12:59 p.m. Eastern): Club der Visionäre has issued a statement to clarify the extent of the damage to the space and confirm that no injuries occurred as a result of the fire. The full statement reads:
Sadly, today at 8am an unfortunate fire broke out at Club der Visionaere. Before providing more details, we would like to express our extreme gratitude and relief that no one was injured in the incident, including guests or staff.
We are happy to say that contrary to earlier 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. Once again, the club area itself was not effected.
First measures were taken by staff who were trained and certified as fire protection first responders staff. They ensured guests were evacuated in a calm and controlled manner without injury. The fire department then extinguished the fire shortly after their arrival to the scene.
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 reopen soon after consultation with authorities. Until then, we will keep on keeping on by continuing the Club der Visionaere program at Hoppetosse as of tomorrow/Sunday.
We would also like to express our extreme gratitude to the tremendous support in way of messages, posts, and offers of help from our local and international Club der Visionaere family. Your presence really does bring a much appreciated light to this otherwise darker moment. As well, your expressed compassion reminds us of and highlights the many warm relationships that have developed over the years. Thank you so very much for your sincerely felt words and energy.
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