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Fire burns historic theater in Seattle’s U-District

December 24, 2020 GMT
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Firefighters battle flames as the old shuttered Seven Gables Theatre burns, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in Seattle's University District. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
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Firefighters battle flames as the old shuttered Seven Gables Theatre burns, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, in Seattle's University District. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEATTLE (AP) — A fire in a historic theater in Seattle’s university district sent a plume of smoke over the neighborhood.

Crews responded to the Seven Gables Theatre about noon Thursday. The theater closed in 2017.

KOMO reports tirefighters used a ladder truck to battle the smoky blaze. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The fire department said the blaze was under control just after 2 p.m.. No information about what started the fire was immediately available.

The Seven Gables Theatre opened in 1976 and was known for showing independent films, documentaries and other movies.

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The theatre was converted from a former dance hall originally built in the 1920s.