It's located in Enfield...
Jason Gregory

09:59 9th August 2011

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A Sony distribution centre in North London that carries stock belonging to several independent music labels has been damaged by fire.

The three-storey warehouse in Enfield caught fire overnight in an area of the capital which has seen widespread rioting and looting.

The building is Sony Corp's sole distribution base in the UK and is also home to PIAS Distribution, which works closely with independent record labels.

Those affected by the fire include DJ and producer Rob Da Bank's label, Sunday Best, and Young Turks, which is home to the likes of SBTRKT and The xx.

On Twitter, Rob Da Bank wrote: “So looks like all our Sunday Best stock went up in flames last night in the PIAS blaze.”

Although the extent of the damage is currently unclear, there are already fears about the possible implications the fire could have on the independent music industry in the UK.

For instance, PIAS is the biggest distributor for Rough Trade Record shops.

Fire at Sony warehouse:

A spokeswoman for Sony Corp told Reuters: "There will likely be some impact on deliveries.

“We cannot determine the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage yet because it's not possible to enter the building.”

The riots in London began on Saturday (August 6) in Tottenham and spread to south London on Sunday (7).

Last night, parts of Hackney, Croydon and Camden were also affected, while violence and looting was reported in Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.

Celebrities React On Twitter

  • Calvin Harris: A lot of these kids have role models in music + a lot of these role models are staying quiet. They need to speak the fuck up +help stop this

  • Justin Bieber: "WHOAH. To all the people of the UK I hope you are ok. My prayers go out to you and the amazing people there."

  • Ed Sheeran: "This is all very messed up."

  • Lily Allen: Are we on the brink of civil war or something?

  • Jessie J: "I'm off to the studio. If I can't help physically. I'm going to write about it.

  • Professor Green: "Please take a step back and think of the damage this is doing long term... Please stop harming our own communities. Positives can come from all of this, but why did it take a death to find unity, and then why unite to do wrong? Let's make good of this."

  • Chipmunk: "Prayers are more important than tweets! Spread Love!"

  • Plan B: "Am all out of words"

  • Kaiser Chiefs: "In a 'Handy Mob' on the train. We're all armed with brooms. Least threatening mob ever. One girl has a jay cloth."

  • Kate Nash: "Love you London. This is not what/who we are. Riots and violence are not about community but we are. (Stay safe)."

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