Fire, water damage estimated at $25,000 at Belfry Theatre

The historic Belfry Theatre had a near miss Friday when a fire broke out in a workshop area.

The Victoria Fire Department was called at 9:45 p.m. to check out an alarm in the 131-year-old former Baptist church at Fernwood Road and Gladstone Avenue.

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Firefighters discovered that a sprinkler was going off in a room that houses electrical and lighting equipment. The sprinkler had extinguished the small fire, but flooded the theatre’s basement in the process.

A fire investigator determined the fire was likely caused by an exposed electrical wire in contact with stage lighting equipment.

“They are fire-resistant,” said battalion chief Gary Birtwistle of the materials. “But I guess they were exposed to the electrical wires a bit too long.”

Firefighters used a pump and vacuums to remove most of the water from the theatre’s basement.

On social media, the theatre said: “There were no injuries but it will take some time to dry everything out.”

Fire and water damage was estimated at about $25,000.

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