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Maryland fire goes to 3-alarms overnight. Building once was Takoma Park’s Allen Theater.

Photos of the fire by Bill McNeel. Click the image to see more at thewatchdesk.com.
Photos of the fire by Bill McNeel. Click the image to see more at thewatchdesk.com.

 UPDATE: Click here for raw video of the fire from Vito Maggiolo

MD Takoma Park old theater 2A building apparently housing a clothing and shoe store, was destroyed by fire on New Hampshire Avenue overnight. That same building was, for the first 40-years of its life, Takoma Park, Maryland’s Allen Theater.

Not a lot of details on this one yet. What is known from a variety of sources is the call originated on the Prince George’s County side of the 6700 or 6800 block of New Hampshire Avenue. Reports are that is was later determined the fire is actually in Takoma Park at 6822 New Hampshire.

Second and third alarms were sounded and there were reports of wall collapses. We hope to have more later.

The Allen Theater opened in 1951 and closed in 1990. You can read more about it at CinemaTreasures.org.

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