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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The saying in theater is ‘The Show Must Go On’ – but for the performers Saturday at Bass Hall, that was not the case.

A small fire broke out at the world-renown theater late Saturday afternoon, about two hours before a scheduled performance by the Texas Ballet Theater.

The fire was contained to a curtain on the stage and caused no damage to the building, and nobody was injured in the fire.

The Fort Worth Fire Department says they received a 911 call about the fire shortly before 6:00 p.m. about a fire on the stage.  When they arrived they found crews trying to put the fire out with extinguishers.

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The fire did send performers and volunteers streaming out of the 6-story performance hall into the streets of downtown Fort Worth during the twilight, evacuating the building as firefighters checked the building for any issues.

Matt Wilson had walked into the Bass Hall ticket office around 6:10 p.m. to pick up his tickets for the Saturday night show.

“As soon as we got there, the fire alarm started going off. We could kind of smell smoke. They pretty much started rushing out the dancers. Everybody got pushed into that group,” he said.

Dozens of volunteers arrived for work, only to be told to wait outside.

Margie Carrigan had volunteered at Bass Hall for years.

“We’ve lost two luminaries this week,” she said. “We’ve lost Van Cliburn, we’ve got Nancy Bass and I just think the hall is grieving for the loss of those 2 people,” she said.

The Fort Worth Fire Department confirmed a curtain above the stage caught fire, but it was quickly contained. There was no structural damage and no one was injured.

Tickets for Saturday’s show can be exchanged at no cost for Sunday’s matinee performance or for a performance in May.

Fire officials said the fire was contained using a small hose, but ruled out of caution that the 8:00 p.m. show should be canceled.

Sunday’s matinee went on to be held as normal.

Bass Hall instructs anyone with tickets to Saturday’s performance to call the Texas Ballet Theater Box Office at (877) 828-9200 ext. 1 for information on rescheduling or exchanges.

The fire comes just two days after Nancy Lee Bass, the matriarch of the Bass family for which the building is named, passed away.

Fire crews are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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