An official statement has been released after a huge fire at London’s Studio 338, with one man still in a critical condition having been rescued from the blaze. The Greenwich club caught fire just before midday on Monday 9th of August and continued to burn for several hours despite the efforts of hundreds of firefighters.
The fire consumed the ground and first floors of the techno and house hotspot, which has previously played host to parties by the likes of Elrow, Home, Art Of Dark and Cocoon, and has only recently been refurbished. An official statement suggested that upcoming events may have to be cancelled, but assured ticket purchasers that more information will be made available as soon as possible. The club’s representatives have insisted that they will do their utmost to get the club back up and running, also thanking everyone who has offered messages of support.
The full statement is below.
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.
Source: Resident Advisor
The team at Ticket Arena would like to express our condolences to our friends at Studio 338, and hope that the club will be opening its doors again soon.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Cocoon