The Mother Love Bone wall- featured in Seattle-centric cinematic gems such as Singles- that originally was the southernmost wall of The Vogue and advertised shows for the likes of Nirvana- was lost in a small fire last night between downtown condos. The wall had been covered over by the construction of said condos in 1994, but remained a hidden grudge relic amidst the yuppy dwellings. Full story from the PI after the jump.
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Blaze destroyed a hidden testimonial to Seattle grunge history
By LEVI PULKKINEN P-I REPORTER
As fires go, the one that caught Thursday evening between two downtown buildings didn't amount to much. But the blaze probably destroyed a hidden testimonial to Seattle grunge history.
Firefighters were called to the 2000 block of First Avenue at about 6:50 p.m. following a report of smoke. They located the source of the smoke, a fire inside 3-inch-wide gap between a 99-year-old, three-story building and a sleek condominium tower, Deputy Chief Jim Fosse said.
Raining water down from above, firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the blaze and protect both buildings from any significant damage, Fosse said. Occupants of the businesses and work studios in the older building were evacuated during the fire.
But firefighters' efforts likely destroyed a promotional mural painted on the side of the Vogue Hotel building.
The mural advertised for shows for Nirvana and other Seattle grunge bands, building owner Matt Basta said. It was covered in 1994 when the 27-story condo tower was built.
Basta said he'd liked the idea of the mural being rediscovered by an unwitting construction crew decades from now.
"It was like a time capsule of grunge Seattle," he said.
Investigators were trying to determine the cause of the fire Thursday evening. One block of First Avenue was closed for about one hour during the firefighting effort.