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'You Couldn't See Anything' After The Mutiny Caught Fire Thursday

By  Paul Biasco and Kelly Bauer | March 18, 2016 7:46am | Updated on March 18, 2016 10:45am

 The Mutiny Fire
The Mutiny Fire
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CHICAGO — Patrons of the Mutiny banded together to save music equipment during a fire that broke out at the Logan Square dive bar Thursday night.

About two dozen people were inside the bar and music club when the fire broke out in a back office about 9:45 p.m., according to Ed McMenamin, whose record label was hosting a release at the Mutiny last night.

"People were running in and out grabbing stuff, guitars, amps, drum sets, all that," McMenamin said. "They got it all out. Everyone was hustling."

There was no major damage to the Mutiny, 2428 N. Western Ave., after the fire, according to a Chicago Fire Department official.

The fire started in the office, which is located behind the stage, and quickly filled the bar with smoke, according to McMenamin.

"Within five minutes you couldn't see anything," he said. "The last trip I went in you couldn't really see anything."

McMenamin, who runs the record label Dumpster Tapes with Alex Fryer, was set to host a tape release at the bar for Chicago-based band Glyders.

"Luckily the fire started before the show started and there weren't many people there," he said.

The Fire Department was called about a fire at the club, 2428 N. Western Ave., at 9:45 p.m., said Cmdr. Walter Schroeder, a Chicago Fire spokesman. The fire was in a back office, and it was put out about 30 minutes later.

No one was injured, Schroeder said.

The Glyders, who were supposed to play, played a set at East Room instead later in the night.

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