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Paul Mayer
Oh get out of it Melvin, before it pulls you under!

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From: Albuquerque, NM
Registered: Feb 2000

 - posted 11-07-2005 10:24 PM      Profile for Paul Mayer   Author's Homepage   Email Paul Mayer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Now here's a nightmare for you. Luckily no one was hurt. Theatre was the Premiere Theaters Oaks 10 in Melbourne, FL.

Police: Theater Set On Fire During 'Chicken Little' Movie
Children Flee; Moviegoers Try To Douse Flames With Soda

POSTED: 10:15 am EST November 7, 2005
UPDATED: 1:27 pm EST November 7, 2005

Melbourne fire and police investigators are trying to determine who set fire to a movie theater exit door during a weekend showing of "Chicken Little," according to Local 6 News partner Florida Today.

The fire happened about 6 p.m. Sunday at the recently refurbished Premiere Theaters-Oaks 10 in Melbourne.

"What we know is that some kind of flammable liquid was thrown at a rear exit door and ignited," said Robert Apel, a battalion chief with the Melbourne Fire Department. Apel also said the smoke and flames caused about $1,000 in damages.

No one was injured but several of the 175 people attending "Chicken Little" -- a G-rated movie that opened nationally over the weekend -- ran out after seeing the fire, officials told Florida Today.

"They heard a loud bang and saw flames coming from underneath the door. Some of them ran out. I imagine a lot of children were in there since it was 'Chicken Little,'" Apel said Monday. He said several moviegoers even tried to douse the flames with soda before the Melbourne Fire Department arrived minutes later.

A state fire marshal was called to the scene and took samples from the charred exit door.

Melbourne police were also called to the theater but no arrests were made.

The multiplex reopened later Sunday after being briefly evacuated.

Anyone with information about the fire is asked to contact the Melbourne Police Department at 259-1211.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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Dennis Benjamin
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Denton, MD
Registered: Feb 2002

 - posted 11-08-2005 05:11 AM      Profile for Dennis Benjamin   Author's Homepage   Email Dennis Benjamin   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I know the guy who owns this theatre. Great PR for his location......

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Jim Ziegler
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: West Hollywood, CA
Registered: Jul 99

 - posted 11-08-2005 06:23 AM      Profile for Jim Ziegler   Email Jim Ziegler   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Seems to me a domestic terrorism charge would not be out of line for the perp.

Sounds like the staff was on the ball though, being there were no injuries during the evac.

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