|Photo circa 1880s|
In fact, a concert was scheduled for December 17th and 18th. Film crews were set up to film it and beautiful, expensive musical instruments were arranged inside. In the very early morning, around 2:45 am a security guard called 911 saying there was a fire. Fire crews worked hard all throughout the day, but it appears the beloved Tabernacle may be a complete loss.
My family and I drove past about 16 hours later and it was still burning inside. It was surreal to see that beautiful landmark in such ruin. The only consolation I feel is that the fire happened in the dead of night when no one was there, instead of in the middle of the concert when the building would have been packed with people.
Below are some photos I took of the scene. (Click on the photos for larger versions)
|Spray from the fire hose coated the trees in ice|