Old Broadway Theater Damaged by Blaze

Multiple fire crews battled a blaze Wednesday evening at the former Broadway Theatre in downtown Cape Girardeau. Firefighters say news release, at approximately 5:30 p.m., crews responded to a report of smoke at the building, 805-809 Broadway. Upon arrival, crews saw heavy smoke and flames showing from the second floor. Crews quickly attempted to enter the structure but had to withdraw due to safety concerns. Crews switched to defensive mode and were able to extinguish much of the fire from ladder trucks which allowed firefighters to safely enter the building and extinguish what remained of the blaze. Fire crews had the fire extinguished at approximately 6:30 p.m., and crews were on the scene for approximately three-and-a-half hours battling the blaze and overhauling the building. No one was inside the structure during the fire, and no injuries were reported at the scene. Approximately $300,000 worth of damage was caused by the fire. Firefighters say The 800 block of Broadway Street remains closed Thursday morning, due to two unstable walls on the corner of the building. City engineers and the building’s owner, Phil Brinson, are expected to determine what needs to be done with the building Thursday morning, the news release states. he Broadway Theatre building was put on he National Register of Historic Places in 2015, and the old building has been  the Cape Girardeau Historic Preservation Commission´s endangered buildings list yearly since 2013. A development group had planned buy the Broadway Theatre and the Esquire Theatre across the street at 824 Broadway, through tax-increment financing. An application was  turned in by Cara Naeger of Bloomsdale, Missouri, on behalf of TAG (Together Always Giving) Development and Cape Theaters LLC. to help in buying the old theater.

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