February 24th, 2010
06:11 PM ET
On Monday, the headquarters of Philadelphia International Records in the City of Brotherly Love was hit by a fire.
Philadelphia International - founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and responsible for hits by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Delfonics and the Three Degrees - lost some of its memorabilia to fire and water damage, including gold and platinum records.
A 27-year-old man was charged with arson today, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He had to be rescued from the blaze when it happened. (An iReporter took pictures of the blaze, including a man being led down a ladder.)
The founders were undaunted.
“He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Arson is terrible. But in the meantime, we’re thinking about the next step. And the beat goes on,” Gamble and Huff said in a statement.
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