CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - According to Batalion Chief Mike Ramsey with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, crews responded to the report a transformer fire at Marcus Cinema on May 28.
Ramsey said when they arrived they found no fire but there was a light haze of smoke in theaters 9 and 10.
Ramsey said inspectors at the scene found that the HVAC systems in those theatres were not working correctly. The motors were shut down and a small fire was put out on the roof of theater 9.
Theaters 9 and 10 will not reopen until the motors to those systems have been replaced according to Ramsey.
The rest of the cinema should open shortly after everyone was evacuated. The incident came as a blood drive took place in the cinema's lobby.
Ramsey also said other stores in the area such as Lowe's, Sam's Club and Academy reported power issues and were running on back up power for a short time.
Lori Light with Ameren said the power outages at these businesses were due to a connection failure. She says the failure caused a set of switches not to go off which led to one power line going out.
This affected 140 businesses and residences and took less than an hour to fix according to Light.
Light said Ameren officials do not believe this outage and power concerns from one week prior involving the stores are related.