Cinema evacuated in electrical fire
Around 250 people were evacuated from Sunderland’s Empire Cinema after a fire last night.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service was called to the cinema in Lambton Street shortly before 6.30pm.
Appliances from Marley Park and Sunderland Central stations dealt with a fire in an electrical cupboard.
Two firefighters using breathing apparatus and CO2 extinguishers tackled the blaze.
The cause of the blaze is currently being investigated. A statement posted on the cinema’s Facebook page:“We will post further updates and details for claiming refunds for cancelled shows asap tomorrow. We will not be able to reply to individual posts via Facebook / Twitter etc.”
The scene last night. Pic: Zoe Downs