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Short-lived fire scare at Provo Temple construction site

Published December 6, 2013 9:31 am

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It was definitely not the call Provo Fire Department crews wanted to hear: a blaze had been reported at the downtown LDS Temple construction site.

On Dec. 17, 2010, a four-alarm fire had gutted the historic old Provo Tabernacle. The Tabernacle's brick shell and spires were all that remained when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints broke ground in May 2012 on a 3-year construction project to raise a new temple in its place.

Public safety dispatchers said Friday that, thankfully, the 5:23 p.m. Thursday call to the site on the corner of 100 South and University Ave., turned out to be minor: a hose on a propane-fueled interior heater had leaked and ignited.

The incident was not expected to delay the temple construction, which remains on schedule for completion in early 2015.

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