Fire damages portion of Western Mall

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The owners of a Sioux Falls movie theater hope to be back open Friday, following a weekend fire.

Fire Rescue were called to the Western Mall early Sunday morning. They found smoke and flames coming from the roof and interior of the West Mall 7 Theatre. They knocked down the flames within ten minutes.

Investigators believe a burned HVAC unit on the roof caused the fire.

One of the owners of the theatre was on scene as fire crews worked and told KSFY News what went through his mind as he surveyed the damage.

"You go from being very upset to being very concerned," said Todd Frager, West Mall 7 co-owner. "And then you're releived, and you feel fortunate because it could've been way worse. We could've been open, my people could've been hurt."

No one was hurt in the fire.


Authorities say no one was hurt after a weekend fire at the Western Mall in Sioux Falls.

Fire Rescue responded to a structure fire at about 6:14 a.m Sunday.

Units were notified of smoke and flames from the roof and interior of the West Mall 7 Theatre.

The source of the flame was extinguished in about ten minutes.

Other units found a burned rooftop heating, ventilation, and air conditioning unit on the roof.

According to a post on the theatre's Facebook page, the theatre will be closed for a day or two for clean up following the fire.

No one was injured, but the cause of the fire is still being investigated.