Club der Visionaere posted a statement on Facebook about the fire that broke out at the famed Berlin clubbing institution on Saturday morning.
While three people were initially reported as injured, the club says no one was hurt.
The statement went on to counter media outlets reports that the fire destroyed the entire club. In fact, they club says the blaze affected only “a section of the upper level seating area located under the weeping willow tree, which was closed at the time of the fire.”
The club credits stringent fire safety protocols and training from local fire officials as the reason why the fire was brought under control without harm to its staff or patrons.
“The fire safety standards and practices at Club der Visionaere have been established along side and approved by the local Berlin authorities, including the training and certification of our staff as fire protection first responders. The resulting mechanisms and infrastructure included first measures being taken immediately by our trained and certified staff ensuring guests were evacuated in a calm and controlled manner without injury. The remaining fire protection plan was carried out by certified staff smoothly until the fire department arrived and extinguished the fire.”
The statement added that they are “now assessing the extent of the damage and hope to reopen soon. Until then, we will keep on keeping on by continuing the Club der Visionaere program at Hoppetosse as of tomorrow/Sunday.”
You can read the full statement below: