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Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts officials are working this week to repair its electrical system after it was damaged in a weekend fire. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more.

The fire occurred Saturday in an electrical room in the garage and resulted in the evacuation of 108 production and audience members during a performance of Improvapalooza 10 in the Mex Theater.

The Center’s David Holland says there was some smoke in the lobby and an elevator shaft. He says most of the power is on now in the building.

“Power is still out in the main theaters here, in Bomhard and Whitney halls,” he says. “And it is going to take some time to get the electrical equipment from the manufacturer in place to repair that.”

Holland says all the damage was contained in one electrical room.

“To the public’s eye, there’s no damage to the center whatsoever,” he says. “There was a good deal of smoke. There was some in the lobby and in one of the elevator shafts, but not enough to leave anything behind that the public is going to notice.”

Holland says the Center has ordered equipment to fix the electrical system but doesn’t know if it will arrive in time for this weekend’s performances of the musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He says the Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.