2010-02-25 / Local & State

Fire Damages Famed Music Building

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A two-alarm fire in Philadelphia has damaged the building of famed music business Philadelphia International Records, which produced many R&B classics of the 1960s and 1970s.

Fire officials say the blaze was reported shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday. The cause is under investigation. One person was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for treatment.

Executive vice president Chuck Gamble says there appears to be some damage to computer and storage rooms and may be some water damage to gold plaques on the wall. He says the studio appears undamaged and all of the company’s recording tapes are stored underground.

Philadelphia International Records created dozens of hits with trademark lush acoustics that became known as “The Sound of Philadelphia.’’

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