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Fire Damages Historic Hollywood Recording Studio, Cat is Rescued

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A fire ripped through a historic Hollywood recording studio overnight, and investigators are looking into the cause of the damaging blaze. The fire at 1041 Productions located at 1041 N. Orange Drive was first reported around 7 p.m. Monday night, and took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish.The recording studio is "believed to be one of the oldest of its kind in Hollywood," notes City News Service, adding that the facility "was used by major labels. [Elvis] Presley reportedly recorded hits such as 'Jailhouse Rock'' and 'All Shook Up' there. The Beach Boys, Sam Cooke and Louis Armstrong also reportedly recorded in the nondescript building with one side facing Santa Monica Boulevard."

Unfortunately, during the fire, a portion of the roof caved in, and the second floor sustained extensive damage. "According to a published report," continues CNS, "the studio was once known as Radio Recorders and built in 1929 by the Victor Talking Machine Co."

The building was also currently used for commercial shoots, and was full of rented clothing at the time of the blaze. Fortunately, as NBC Los Angeles reports, the wardrobe was saved, as was a 3-year-old cat named Sable.

Additionally, about 85 percent of the building was spared the flames.