Movie theater burns as Chile police clash with protesters

Firefighters work to put out flames at a building that caught on fire amid an anti-government protest where police were firing tear gas and water cann...
A Chilean anti-government demonstrator is sprayed by a police water cannon as he throws stones during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2...
Chilean anti-government demonstrators dry their clothes in a fire after being sprayed by a police water cannon during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Fr...
A Chilean anti-government demonstrator wears an alien costume during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile has been roiled by con...
Chilean firefighters refreshed after controlled the flames on the cinema and art center of Alameda that caught on fire amid an anti-government protest...
A Chilean anti-government demonstrator waves a flag with the image of Chile's President Sebatian Pinera during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, D...
Chilean policemen run toward anti-government demonstrators during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile has been roiled by contin...
A Chilean anti-government demonstrator display a national flag to a group of policemen during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chi...
Chilean anti-government demonstrators display national flags during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile has been roiled by cont...
A Chilean anti-government demonstrator sprays a mix of water with bicarbonate to combat the effect of the tear gase fired by policemen during a protes...
A Chilean policeman throws a tear gas canister toward anti-government demonstrators during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile ...

Firefighters work to put out flames at a building that caught on fire amid an anti-government protest where police were firing tear gas and water cann...

A Chilean anti-government demonstrator is sprayed by a police water cannon as he throws stones during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2...

Chilean anti-government demonstrators dry their clothes in a fire after being sprayed by a police water cannon during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Fr...

A Chilean anti-government demonstrator wears an alien costume during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile has been roiled by con...

Chilean firefighters refreshed after controlled the flames on the cinema and art center of Alameda that caught on fire amid an anti-government protest...

A Chilean anti-government demonstrator waves a flag with the image of Chile's President Sebatian Pinera during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, D...

Chilean policemen run toward anti-government demonstrators during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile has been roiled by contin...

A Chilean anti-government demonstrator display a national flag to a group of policemen during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chi...

Chilean anti-government demonstrators display national flags during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile has been roiled by cont...

A Chilean anti-government demonstrator sprays a mix of water with bicarbonate to combat the effect of the tear gase fired by policemen during a protes...

A Chilean policeman throws a tear gas canister toward anti-government demonstrators during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Friday, Dec. 27, 2019. Chile ...

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — An independent movie theater burned Friday following clashes in which police fired tear gas and fired water cannon at protesters in Chile's capital.

The fire at the Alameda Cultural Center began shortly after the clashes nearby, which continued a string of Friday demonstrations that have rocked the country since October.

Demonstrators made way for firetrucks arriving to fight the blaze at the building, which also has been a staging ground for volunteer medics who have been treating injured demonstrators.

Firefighters told local reporters the building was badly damaged and the cause would be investigated.

Earlier, a court ordered six police officers detained for investigation of alleged torture or sexual abuse of protesters — one of many complaints filed against police during the protests.