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Sugar Hill Fire Sparked By Keyboard, Studio To Be Rebuilt

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Authorities in Bergen County New Jersey said

that a short circuit in a keyboard sparked the fire that burned the legendary

Sugar Hill Studios to the ground.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Milinelli said

that flames shot out of the keyboard and that it didn’t take long before the

fire spread throughout the entire building. According to investigators, the

last person left the recording studio around 11:30 P.M. and left the keyboard

on. The blaze that followed took firefighters nearly five hours to control.

The damage was so heavy that the Englewood Building

Department has ordered that the remaining portion of the building demolished.

90 percent of the studio’s master tapes were destroyed in the blaze, including

originals from Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Moments and The Sugar

Hill Gang.

The family said they will rebuild the studio

on the same site.

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