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319 N. Eleventh Street in Philadelphia, which houses Vox Populi, a contemporary art space and collective. Photo: Google Maps

Philadelphia Gallery Vox Populi Closes Temporarily Following Building Fire

The Philadelphia contemporary art space and artist collective Vox Populi has temporarily closed after a fire broke out in the stairwell of its building Tuesday morning, John Timpane of philly.com reports.

While no one was injured by the small blaze, which started around 1:45 AM, the building has significant smoke and water damage. Karen Guss, a spokeswoman for the Department of Licenses and Inspections said that the building will remain closed until the damages and any code violations can be addressed. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Located at 319 N. Eleventh Street, the building housed a number of artists, galleries, and other businesses. Several of the displaced tenants said they could not wait for a month or longer to for the building to reopen. Jeff Stockbridge, the owner of Stockbridge Fine Art Print on the fourth floor, said that he was concerned about not being able to deliver works to his clients. “We really rely on our creative spaces that we’ve cultivated here over many years,” he said. “Now we’re wondering where to go from here.”

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