K Records’ HQ caught on fire on Fourth of July (everyone’s OK, firefighters put it out quick)
The Olympia, Washington headquarters of Calvin Johnson's label K Records caught on fire on Monday (4th of July). The building didn't suffer any significant damage and no one was injured. Calvin shared a statement with Pitchfork:
There was a fire at our building, July 4, 2016, 6:00 PM. It was started on the outside of the building, deemed “suspicious” by the Olympia Fire Department. Fortunately they arrived in time to contain and extinguish the fire. In the process they used a chainsaw to cut a hole in the south side of our building, currently covered by plywood. No one was injured in the fire, and no equipment was damaged.
This morning the police arrested a suspect for starting the fire at our building. He is also suspected of starting several other fires in Olympia the same day. The suspect had no knowledge of the occupants or activities inside the building.
We're very glad no one was hurt. Just a month ago, the K Records building (a former synagogue) was put up for sale, in hopes to pay back-owed royalties to some of the label's artists, including Kimya Dawson and Phil Elverum.