Curtain catches fire at Bass Performance Hall



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Posted on March 2, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 3 at 11:20 AM

FORT WORTH -- Emergency units raced to the Bass Performance Hall in Sundance Square Saturday evening to deal with a fire reported shortly before 6 o'clock.

A fire department spokesman confirmed that a curtain caught fire in the stage area. The first units arrived to find security personnel attempting to put out the fire with portable extinguishers.

Mary Johnson and her husband saw the fire trucks pull up, but at first thought it was probably a false alarm. Then she noticed there weren't a lot of people outside the building.

"There was no long lines tonight, and I thought, 'Uh oh, that's not good!" she said.

"Fire crews deployed a small hand line to extinguish the fire," spokesman Richard Harrison said in a written statement.

The building suffered no structural damage, and the cause of the fire was under investigation.

Ballet patron Sara Faulkner felt lucky that the flames erupted before there was an audience in the seats and performers on stage.

"I'm glad everyone is safe," she said. "It would have been a lot scarier if everyone had been in there and had to rush out."

The auditorium had been scheduled to host an 8 p.m. performance by the Texas Ballet Theater, which was canceled. Sunday afternoon's TBT event will go ahead as scheduled.

The ballet group said tickets to Saturday's canceled performance can be exchanged for the Sunday matinee or for a May performance at the Wyly Theatre in Dallas. Call 877-828-9200 for more information.

The Bass Hall box office will open at noon Sunday to accommodate exchanges.

The Bass Hall fire comes just two days after the death of the theater's namesake, Nancy Lee Bass.

Bass Hall opened in 1998 and hosts a variety of musical, dramatic and dance productions year-round.