Fire Evacuates California Movie Theater

SALINAS, Calif. --

A Salinas movie theater was evacuated Thursday evening after a small electrical fire broke out.

The blaze started just before 9 p.m. at Maya Cinemas, forcing nearly 300 people to evacuate.

Fire officials said the blaze started on the roof and was contained to the upper levels of the complex.

"We were able to extinguish it very quickly," said Salinas Fire Chief Kim Raddatz.

A plume of smoke could be seen rising from Old Town Salinas as crews put out the flames. Parts of Main Street had to be shut down to allow crews access to the fire.

"Smoke started billowing out of that theater there and then after a few minutes some flames poked through," said Tony Digirolamo, of the Salinas Valley Fish House. "They were burning for about 10 minutes."

The cinema remained closed Thursday evening as crews mopped up hot spots.

No injuries were reported.

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