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Fire consumes under-construction southeast Calgary movie theatre

Calgary firefighters battled the blaze through the night, rotating crews because of the cold.

Fire crews battled at fire Sunday at a still-under-construction Cineplex movie theatre in southeast Calgary.

Darren Krause / Metro

Fire crews battled at fire Sunday at a still-under-construction Cineplex movie theatre in southeast Calgary.

An under-construction movie theatre in Calgary’s southeast went up in flames Sunday evening and crews stayed all night to battle the blaze.

Fire crews were called out around 7 p.m. Sunday after reports of a building fire at Seton Crescent SE. Upon arrival, they were met with a large volume of smoke and at that point a second alarm was struck to deal with the size of the building and the volume of smoke.

Thirteen pieces of fire equipment and 50 firefighters fought the blaze through the evening, dealing with the cold weather.

Initially, firefighters weren’t able to enter the building, so aerial ladders were brought in to douse the fire with water from overhead. Crews remained on scene overnight.

Calgary Fire Department spokeswoman Carol Henke said investigators were having trouble on Monday accessing the theatre where they believe the fire originated.

The wall has shifted and there was a partial collapse of the roof structure in that location. Once they figure out how to make is less risky to go in, then they will do so.

A spokesperson at Cineplex declined to comment on the fire except to express gratitude to members of CFD.

The theatre under construction was to be Calgary's first premium theatre according to information on a website by community developer Brookfield Residential.

The theatre was being built built with 7 traditional screens, three VIP screens and one Ultra AVX screen.

The theatre was set to open in "late 2017," according to Brookfield.

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