Local News in Brief : Arson Fire at Theater

The small Hollywood theater where the Company of Angels group has performed for more than a quarter century has been damaged by an arson fire.

City Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells said damage to the theater, near the corner of Vine Street and Waring Avenue, was estimated at $75,000, mostly to the attic and exterior of the structure. No one was injured.

Wednesday's fire was deliberately set in a pile of lumber between the theater and a garage bin next door and is under investigation, Wells said.

Damage to the garage was placed at $35,000 and a nearby house also was scorched.

Six fire companies fought the blaze, reported at 1:41 p.m. and controlled shortly after 2 p.m.

The theater is supported by dues-paying members. "Twelfth Night" has been is production there for more than a month.

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