|Area where fire reported||West Tomah Avenue and Newcomb Street, Porterville|
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Fire chars structure, screen at shuttered drive-in theater
A small fire Friday burned a storage building below the west screen of the old drive-in movie theater on Newcomb Street.
About half of the structure was destroyed, Porterville Fire Department Lt. Mike McGill said Saturday.
“There was a report of smoke in the area,” McGill said. “Somebody called it in.”
The case, according to McGill, is under investigation for suspicious behavior.
“That’s all I can tell you about that,” he said.
Firefighters were dispatched at 10:13 p.m. to the location of the fire, north of Olive Avenue, and had the flames under control by 10:45 p.m., McGill said.
Fourteen firefighters, two engines and a ladder truck were sent by the Fire Department.
Six firefighters and two engines from the Tulare County Fire Department also battled the fire.
A one point flames raced up the large mivie screen structure, firefighters reported early Saturday morning.
-- Contact Alex K.W. Schultz at 784-5000, Ext. 1045.