On November 9th, 2018, at approximately 7:40 p.m., The City of Merced Fire Department received a call of a structure fire at the UA Regency Theater located at 635 Fairfield Drive. The first fire engine to arrive on the scene found no smoke showing from the exterior of the structure, after making contact with the theater manager light smoke was found inside the building.
The building then was evacuated and firefighters began to pull wall off the rear of the structure to get access to the interior wall studs. The structure was not fully engulfed, the fire was caused by a pallet on the rear of the building that was caught on fire and got into the interior wall and slowly was burning. Riggs also responded to the fire and stayed on the scene in case someone required medical attention, no injuries reported.
The fire is under investigation according to the Merced Fire Department. It is unknown at this time if the theater will be reopening tomorrow or remain closed. If you were at this theater when it was evacuated and would like to find out if a refund will be provided please call (844) 462-7342.
No further information was available. If you have any information contact the Merced Police Department Tipster Line at (209) 385-4725. The public can send information via anonymous text messages to the police department by dialing “TIP411” (847411) and including the word “Comvip” as the “keyword” in the text message.