Breaking news. The Provo Tabernacle caught fire last night, and the roof collapsed. It may be a total loss. Construction for the tabernacle started in 1883 and it was completed in 1898. In 1975, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
The Tabernacle was home to many concerts, stake conferences, and other community events. From what I have heard, a choir was rehearsing last night and did smell something burning, but everyone thought it was part of the production. A large fire was noted at around 2:30 AM. When I was driving to work, the fire department was still putting out hot spots at 8:30 AM this morning. The cause has not been determined, but it is believed to have originated in the upper part of the building.
Here’s a video from YouTube. I’ll try to update this post as I learn more details, but if you know of anything, please add to the comments.
Update: Here’s a news story from KSL.