Tesla's Sacramento Studio Destroyed by Fire

Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM PDT
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Tesla's Sacramento Studio Destroyed by Fire

KCRA

Fire destroys band equipment of the 80s band Tesla.

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A three-alarm fire early Thursday burned the Sacramento recording studio of the rock band Tesla and an apartment building next door.

Some of the well-known band's memorabilia was lost. Firefighters salvaged musical instruments from the damaged studio.

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Fire crews arrived within five minutes to find heavy fire and smoke coming from the two-story apartments, Sacramento Fire Department Capt. Jonathan Burgess said.

Flames from the apartments jumped to the nearby two-story building that is home to the studio, Burgess added. The studio is located on the second floor.

Burgess said firefighters had a hard time accessing the attic of the studio building because of its thick walls and ceiling.

It took more than 86 firefighters more than an hour to extinguish the two fires, Burgess said.

No firefighters or residents were hurt, but two cats died.
The cause is under investigation.

The studio is run by the band's bassist, Brian Wheat.

The group formed in 1984 and was known as City Kidd. Inspired by electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, the name was later changed to Tesla.

The band hit it big with 1986's "Mechanical Resonance."

 

-- KCRA.com

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