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Fire damages Raleigh guitar shop

Posted December 18, 2009

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— A Raleigh guitar shop sustained significant smoke damage during an accidental fire Friday morning, officials said.

Fire officials said calls about the fire at 3100 Capital Blvd. came in at 7:48 a.m. Over 30 firefighters brought out 13 fire engines to battle the blaze.

Three workers were in the store when the fire broke out, but escaped unharmed.

Fire officials said the fire was contained to the recording room, where it broke out. The rest of the building had significant smoke damage.

Fire investigators ruled that the fire was caused by an equipment failure in the recording room. The fire spread quickly to nearby combustible items.

The Guitar Center sells a variety of new and vintage instruments and musical accessories.

The fire caused traffic backups along Capital Boulevard during the morning rush hour.

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  • prez23062 Dec 18, 2009

    wow, i feel for them. have been a customer of theirs since 2006. i have always had extremely knowledgeable staff assisting me, and they have rewarded me for continually shopping there. i can understand the number of trucks, though. that place is massive and most of the items in the store are probably flammable to an extent. hopefully they can sort everything out with little downtime to continue with the holiday rush.

  • Its My Prerogative Dec 18, 2009

    firecaptain2000, ladder1, and ncfirefighter THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!! None of us could do it so I appreciate
    NCTeacher22
    You should leave 30 minutes earlier to avoid being delayed!!

  • John Sawtooth Dec 18, 2009

    Thanks to the firefighters for their work and the nice analysis here. Intead of complaining about the number of units on-scene, my reaction would have been :

    "Cool ! Look at all the fire trucks ! Let's watch for a few minutes !"

    There is a LOT of combustible stuff in there. Plastic burns like a sonofagun once it has ignited.

  • carolinarox Dec 18, 2009

    ECU4Lyf - if you're looking for a set of drums - check out 2112 Percussion off Edwards Mill Rd (right where it intersects with Wake Forest Rd. They specialize in drums, and that's where I get all my equipment at. 1Packfan

    That would be Whitaker Mill Rd, not Edwards Mill.

  • Stick to the Facts Dec 18, 2009

    There were not 13 firetrucks out there for this fire. There were 4 engines, 1 ladder, 1 rescue and 2 chiefs.

  • Ladder1 Dec 18, 2009

    We're use to it, no big deal....

  • ECU4lyf Dec 18, 2009

    1Packfan....thanks for that, i had forgotten all about 2112

  • dta27615 Dec 18, 2009

    "The fire spread quickly to nearby combustible items" - stacks of blank CDs, unpacked boxes of merchandise, plastic and rubber coatings on cables, plastic enclosures on merchandise, plastic knobs on equipment.... lots of nasty things to burn with lots of smoke in that room.

  • 1Packfan Dec 18, 2009

    ECU4Lyf - if you're looking for a set of drums - check out 2112 Percussion off Edwards Mill Rd (right where it intersects with Wake Forest Rd. They specialize in drums, and that's where I get all my equipment at.

  • TooMuchDrama Dec 18, 2009

    Interesting NCTeacher22 wants to complain about the number of staff needed to respond to a fire. I've always understood there to be some OSHA rules in place on what can happen as far as responding to these for saftey (can't go in until others arrive, have to send in teams and be releive at points, etc.), and you have to wear air tanks that only have so much air, so you guys need that manpower to be effective. You know, if the firemen had not been at the fire, someone would have been complaining that you were at a grocery store or claim you were playing cards back at the station. Some people will just never be happy.

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