Fire burns building housing Edmond guitar pedal manufacturer

BY MATT DINGER AND MICHAEL KIMBALL/Staff writers Modified: January 15, 2009 at 9:04 pm •  Published: January 15, 2009
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EDMOND — Keeley Electronics, a company that builds electric guitar pedals for musicians around the world, lost its inventory and workspace in a fire Thursday afternoon, a company spokesman said.

“I’m pretty sure it’ll be a total loss as far as parts and inventory,” said Dusty Wayne Nelson, lead technician and employee of six years. “We’re a company that makes over $4 million in a year with 15 employees.”

Keeley Electronics has made pedals for The Flaming Lips, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, ZZ Top, Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco and dozens of other musicians since 2001, Nelson said.

It only took about an hour for seven years of work to be destroyed by flames.

Firefighters responded to the blaze about 3:30 p.m. and found the building on the southeast corner of Interstate 35 and Waterloo Road engulfed in flames, Edmond Assistant Fire Chief Tim Wheeler said. Cold, windy conditions complicated firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the inferno, Wheeler said.

No injuries were reported.

“I think we can be up and running again in no less than two months.

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