A music stock warehouse was one of the many casualties of the London riots seen over the past three days.
The Enfield site is owned by Sony DADC and was the main office for the UK’s largest distributor of independent music, PIAS, meaning that hundreds of independent labels have seen their stock destroyed.
In a statement, the company said: “There was a fire last night at the Sony DADC warehouse which services the physical distribution for PIAS in the UK and Ireland.
“PIAS is working closely with Sony DADC who are implementing their emergency plans. PIAS’s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected.”
A number of independent music labels and artists have spoken of their disappointment at the incident.
Spencer Hickman from the Rough Trade East record store told BBC 6music: “It’s complete chaos, we don’t know how long it’s going to take them to get back on their feet. It looks like people have lost everything that was in the warehouse.”
Meanwhile, other names took to Twitter after the fire broke out.
DJ Rob da Bank said on the site that his label’s stock has been destroyed. He wrote: “So looks like all our Sunday Best stock went up in flames last night in the PIAS blaze.”
Independent label Memphis Industries also tweeted, stating: “All the stock we got left is sitting in our office. Devastated is the word.”
PIAS has not yet confirmed how much damage the fire caused, but a statement by independent label Domino said that the release of the Arctic Monkeys single, The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala, will now only be available online as the stock was in the Enfield building.
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