The longtime headquarters for legendary duo Gamble & Huff was scorched by an early-morning blaze on Sunday, and the situation is being characterized as 'suspicious'. Now, the legendary producers are planning to address the media on the matter, and potentially disclose findings of an investigation.
The blaze started at around 7:30 am EST, and was contained after about an hour, according to Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Details are still emerging on the fire, though it appears that the classic song library is safe, while some of the memorabilia - including gold and platinum awards - were melted. Most of the damage appears to have been contained to the third floor, and firefighters actively rescued as much material as possible.
Fire officials are now examining the circumstances surrounding the fire, including reports of several individuals running from the building. Additionally, the presence of another individual - dangling from the side of the building and rescued - raises concerns. Kenny Gamble indicated that no one should have been inside the building at that time.
The Philadelphia building has been used by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff since the 70s, and is the birthplace for Philly Soul Music and the place where legends like Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, and Chubby Checker recorded. A press conference is scheduled for 3 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in Philadelphia to address the issue. A hard-hat tour of the damage follows.
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