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Fire damages historic Provo Tabernacle in Utah

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 10:00 a.m. HST, Dec 17, 2010


PROVO, Utah — Firefighters are battling a blaze at the historic Provo Tabernacle in Utah.

Fire Battalion Chief Gary Jolley tells the Daily Herald of Provo that crews have the fire, which broke out early Friday, contained but not controlled.

The fire collapsed the roof of the gabled landmark. Fire Marshal Lynn Schofield says there is serious structural damage to walls, peaks and gables of the building.

The history of the Mormon building dates to the 1880s. It was renovated in the 1980s.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, church spokesman Scott Trotter calls the fire tragic. He says the damage appears severe and that it's unclear whether the building can be saved.






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