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Small Electrical Fire at Whisky A Go-Go Prompts Evac During Show
TwitPic of scene outside the Whisky last night by Liz Ohanesian
Twitter user Liz Ohanesian was one of the first people to get the word of a fire coming from the long-standing Whisky A-Go-Go rock club last night. She Tweeted: "Roof caught fire at the whisky. Fire dept. has already put it out but westbound sunset strip is closed." But Ohanesian had been next door when she saw the fire department pull up to tend to the flames. Inside, the band Eminent was celebrating their record release and kicking off their US Tour with a gig.La Crescenta resident Tallin Aghourian, who along with many of her neighbors there had been delighted to have not been under mandatory evacuations due to the Station Fire, was inside enjoying the show. She explains in an email what happened:
About midway through the last song of their set, the power to the stage was cut off, and the house lights came on. No one in the audience knew what was going on and the band kept playing "acoustic" as it were, with slightly puzzled expressions. About 30 seconds later, the band’s promoter bounded up on stage and started motioning for the mic. He yelled out, "THERE'S A FIRE ON THE ROOF! GET THE FUCK OUT!" There was no fire alarm, no flashing strobe, nothing. Evacuation was quick and orderly, and everyone seemed really calm. Fire crews arrived pretty much as we stepped foot outside.
This morning the metal band jokingly posted a note on their Facebook page for their fans: "THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT CAME TO THE WHISKY!! YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME oh and um...sorry about the whole burning down the whisky thing...yea."