Fire in Northern Liberties Record Store

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Firefighters have a fire under control in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. (Published Thursday, Jul 3, 2014)

    A fire broke out in a building in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood early Thursday morning.

    Officials say the blaze started in the basement of Borderline Records & Tapes located at  525 W. Girard Ave. 

    Borderline's owner, Mike Cooper, opened his shop in August 2011 after spending nearly 30 years amassing a vast record collection in his spare time, according to Philadelphia Weekly.

    The PW describes Cooper as a roofer who picked up so many albums over the years that his Allegeheny Avenue home was overflowing with music.

    Need a place to crash for the night? Too bad, there’s about four dozen teetering towers of Hard Rock, Pub Rock, and Punk Rock in each of the guestrooms. The couch is in the living room somewhere, under a mountain of Leslie West albums.

    Officials say the store did not sustain any damage, but the shop has several broken windows and merchandise was spilling onto the ground.
    Attempts to reach Cooper were unsuccessful.

    Several apartments make up the upper floors of the property.

    No one was injured in the blaze.