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Published on April 21, 2024
Historic Plymouth Theatre, The Flying Monkey, Evacuated as Flames Engulf Adjacent BuildingSource: Google Street View

A historic theater in Plymouth, NH, The Flying Monkey, was engulfed by flames Saturday night causing a frenzied evacuation of around 450 concertgoers and staff, as reported by NBC Boston. The blaze erupted in an adjacent building to the venue, which dates back to the era of silent films and vaudeville shows. In a display of swift action, no injuries were reported, with officials from Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid stating early Saturday morning that the evacuation was successful.

As the fire unfolded, onlookers took to social media to post videos of the harrowing night sky lit by the fire which was fought by firefighters from multiple departments, including a team from Hebron led by Captain Bill Robertie who confirmed their involvement to Boston Globe saying, "the call came in about 9:10 p.m. and several area departments were responding." The venue, nestled amongst the quaint facades of Main Street, was hosting a performance by Foreigner and Journey tribute band headlined by former "American Idol" contestant Constantine Maroulis at the time of the incident.

There was a collective sigh of relief as Vincent Vella, the CEO of The Common Man Family that owns The Flying Monkey announced, "We are thankful that everyone made it out safely, and grateful for the swift response from Plymouth Fire Department and crews from surrounding communities," in a statement obtained by both NBC Boston and Boston Globe. The extent of damage to the beloved venue remains unknown, with fire officials yet to deliver a full report. Meanwhile, the community's resilience shines as it rallies around the historical site, offering support and shared concern on social media platforms.

Plymouth, a close-knit community of approximately 6,500 residents, finds its harmony disrupted but not shattered, by Saturday's blaze, yet the spirit of the people and the essence of landmark establishments, such as The Flying Monkey, hold fast against adversity. The New Hampshire State Fire Marshal's Office has been confirmed to be on the scene, with local firefighters spearheading the response to encapsulate the fire, safeguard the memories enshrined within these walls, and assure such events stand not as an end but a point of resilience in the theater's storied narrative.