Flames erupt at historic Paradise Theater

THE BRONX - The historic Paradise Theater suffered smoke damage following a fire Monday afternoon.

Chopper 12 was overhead as dozens of firefighters raced to save the local landmark. They say two separate alarms went off, one in the basement and another on the second floor.

The FDNY says the building did not suffer any severe structural damage and should be back to normal fairly quickly.

Two welders were working inside at the time of the fire, but they were able to escape unharmed.

The theater first opened in 1929 and was declared a New York City landmark in 1997.

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