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A lunchtime fire today in a theater building on 600 block of Main Street drew dozens of onlookers, according to witnesses at the scene.

The fire was reported at 12:45 p.m. at Shea’s Smith Theatre at 652 Main, the Buffalo Fire Department said. A Shea’s spokeswoman described it as a minor electrical fire in the basement and said a member of the theater’s maintenance staff was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher.

Damage was estimated at $75,000 – $50,000 to contents and $25,000 to the structure.

Smoke was seen billowing from the main entrance to the building that houses the theater, said personnel at the fire alarm office. The Smith is adjacent to the lobby of Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

The fire was brought under control at 1:08 p.m.

A worker from the Bijou Grille, located across the street at 643 Main, said that the deconstruction of the Metro Rail rail system on that block of Main caused concern among firefighters.

“A lot of smoke was coming from the building,” said the restaurant worker, who declined to be identified.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Shea’s is moving its performances of “Late Night Catechism Las Vegas” to the 710 Main Theatre.

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