This morning, the Berlin fire department was called in to deal with a fire which had hit Berlin institution Club der Visionaere.

The news was broken by the city's fire department, who revealed (in German) that "the club burned down almost completely" but that "the spread of fire to the neighboring gas station has been prevented."

They also reported three injuries but thankfully no deaths.

However, BBC World Service journalist Faranak Amidi tweeted a message from Club der Visionaere, which reads, "Not burned down. Fires have been extinguished. Police set up a perimeter so you can't get very close but it looks like the main area of the club is still intact. From across the canal, it appears that the kitchen/bathroom area is the only damage."

The dance music community has poured in with support for the club.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

The spot has carved out a name for itself as a critical hub of minimal music and a home for DJs with deep and varied record bags - its (often weekend-long) sessions have hosted everyone from Ricardo Villalobos and Zip to Nicolas Lutz and Binh.


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