The Shakespeare by the Sea building in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park was badly damaged by fire overnight.
Halifax police say the call came in around midnight and two other spot fires were discovered along Point Pleasant Park Drive at the same time.
The exterior of the one-story structure at the lower entrance to the park was damaged as well as the attic. The building is the headquarters for a community theatre troupe that performs in the park..
Not cool guys. Not. Cool. Yes, there was a fire. Luckily there was no one in building at the time so we are all safe. pic.twitter.com/nwizeK2GS9— ShakespeareByTheSea (@SBTSHalifax) June 1, 2014
Police say it's a suspicious fire and they're investigating.
Staff Sgt. Reid McCoombs says a member of the public discovered the fires.
Bryson Wilson, division commander with the Halifax Fire and Emergency Service, says his crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly.
“About five minutes or so and we had the fire under control,” he said.
Wilson says the building is likely salvageable.
Show must go on
James Farquhar, a director of the Shakespeare by the Sea board, says the group is trying to evaluate the impact of the fire.
Their season is scheduled to begin at the end of the month.
“Well the building itself houses a lot of the props and extra AV material. So hopefully there’s no serious damage to that because that’s the biggest thing. Our shows are outside so as long as there’s no serious damage to those things the shows should still be able to carry on. It would just be the rain shows because on rainy days you can’t have shows outside so we have them inside,” he said.
If it is arson, Farquhar says he's disappointed someone would do this to a non-profit organization