WYNNE, Ark. (KAIT) - Police are investigating a Monday night fire that tore through a Cross County movie theater.
The fire broke out around 9:10 p.m. at the Wynne Twin Cinema, 1915 Falls Blvd.
Photos shared on social media by the Arkansas State Fire Fighter Association/East Central District showed flames shooting out of the roof.
According to our sister station WMC-TV, the Wynne Fire Department says the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but they have reason to believe it started in the projector room upstairs.
No one was inside at the time because the theater was closed.
Firefighters say the business will have to stay closed, but they believe that even with all the damage, it can be repaired.
They’ve asked the police department for assistance because it is a commercial business.
It will take two weeks, police and fire officials say, before they can confirm the cause of the fire and the monetary damages.
Owners Doug and Jill McDaniel have owned the business since 2009. Jill has worked at the Cinema since she was 13. She said that it is a terrible loss because the theater has been serving the community since 1985.
“They’re devastated. They’re hurt. It was their business. They took pride in this business and this community, and they’re really hurt. They would like to go on and get this thing going again. It’s pretty much; I think it’s going to be a total loss. With the damage that is inside, the smoke damage, and the fire damage, it will pretty much be a total loss, and you know the community is hurt. This is pretty much the only movie theater here in town,” said Fire Chief of Wynne Fire Department, Lynn Blake.
Understandably, the family is emotional and extremely upset. They hope to rebuild soon.