Boise firefighters battled a stubborn blaze Monday night at the 90 year old bandshell in Julia Davis Park. The bandshell was named in honor of the late jazz pianist Gene Harris a few years ago.
The historic structure presented a challenge because they didn’t want to damage the structure as the flames began peeking out between the clay tile roofing of the historic structure. Normally they would fight the fire from inside, ripping holes in the walls and ceiling, but fear of structural weakness forced them to attack from outside.
Cause of the fire was unknown, but it appeared to have started inside the backstage area in a corner. The flames went up the inside of the wall and into the rafters.
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