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Fire at Pan9

Posted by Emily Sweeney January 11, 2007 06:59 PM

In case you haven't heard, there was a fire at Pan9 a couple weeks ago.

For folks unfamiliar with this Allston landmark, Pan9 is an underground performance space inhabited by some of the coolest musicians and artists in our fine city. The Dresden Dolls have performed there, musicians from Fluttr Effect live(d) there...hell, the place has even been compared to Andy Warhol's Factory in NYC...

But now the future of Pan9 is totally up in the air...

You see, a fire tore through the place on Dec. 29, and the building was evacuated. A few folks had to be treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns. But thankfully, everyone got out alive.

The Pan9 website has all the details:

"We still don't know what caused the fire except for the fact that it was electrical and NOT something stupid like falling asleep with a cigarette or patchouli left burning (The Boston Herald said we were a "hippie commune"..."

The place got wrecked -- there was fire, smoke and water damage. The denizens of Pan9 lost much of their belongings, and they essentially became homeless.

Now the local art scene is pitching in to help them out. And you can help, too: check out this website – that’s where you can make a donation online and find out about the upcoming benefits for Pan9. The next one is Jan. 18 at Somerville’s Sky Bar.

-- Emily Sweeney

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