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Boyds: Tailor shop fire caused millions in damages

Boyds clothing store is rebuilding its tailor shop after a fire last month led to millions of dollars in ruined merchandise, the firm said Friday.

The high-end Center City retailer said in a statement small fire and resulting water damage on Nov. 30 "caused millions of dollars in losses in destroyed clothing and other items." The precise amount is still being assessed.

The store, located at 1818 Chestnut St., was closed for a week after the blaze but has reopened.

The blaze broke out in the fifth-floor tailor shop and triggered the sprinkler system. The store said the flooding also seeped to the 4th floor, where the popular Big and Tall Shop is located.

The water damage destroyed all of the men's and women's clothing in the tailor shop, the "will call" area where items ready for pick-up are stored and the entire men's Big and Tall section.

Tailors are now working throughout the building as Boyds rebuilds the custom tailor shop, the store said. Customers whose items were damaged are being contacted.

No one was injured in the fire, which officials said is believed to have been electrical.