Boutique Amps Distribution's Huntington Park, California warehouse was heavily damaged in a three-alarm fire early Tuesday morning, June 1.
The fire was first reported (opens in new tab) by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, which eventually subdued the blaze after five trucks were called to the scene. According to the Fire Department, one firefighter suffered minor injuries, and was treated at a local hospital.
Boutique Amps Distribution is the exclusive worldwide distributor for a number of high-profile gear companies, among them Friedman, Soldano, Tone King, Wampler, Egnator, and Morgan.
The company used the warehouse as a manufacturing and distribution facility, though the full extent of the losses incurred as a result of the fire has yet to be reported.
COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE FIRE | FS165 | SALT LAKE AVE/GAGE AVE | #HuntingtonPark | Units on scene reported heavy smoke and fire showing from a 200’ X 200’ warehouse. Defensive fire attack. Currently at a 3rd alarm + 5 engines#SALTIC #LACOFDJune 1, 2021
"Thank you to everyone who has shown concern and support in the wake of the fire that broke out last night at Boutique Amps Distribution, the Los Angeles manufacturing facility of Wampler Pedals, as well as several other world leading amp and pedal brands," read a statement made yesterday by Wampler Pedals on Instagram (opens in new tab).
"First of all, we'd like to thank the Los Angeles Fire Department for their incredible response to the situation, which in all likelihood prevented what could have been an even worse outcome. Also, the building was completely empty and it's with extreme gratitude that we are able to say no bodily injury of any kind occurred as a result of the fire.
"Unfortunately, we don't know all the facts concerning the extent of the damage and are not able to provide a lot of information at this time. The part of the building that was most affected by the blaze was a tenant-occupied area that did not house any portion of Boutique Amps, and we're absolutely heartbroken for everyone who was affected by that damage.
"Once again, we can't say and won't speculate on any specifics at the moment, but as you can imagine there is at least some loss to the Boutique Amps building and its contents due to exposure to smoke and water.
"Thank you once again, your support means a lot to us all and we will provide updates as soon as any are available."
Boutique Amps Distribution has yet to make an official statement about the fire.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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