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Fire Damages Idaho State Capitol

January 2, 1992

BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ A fire at the state Capitol gutted offices and destroyed records days before the opening of the 1992 legislative session.

The blaze at the 80-year-old neo-classic building broke out Wednesday in the attorney general’s second-floor suite, causing extensive damage to offices there and in the legislative budget office on the third floor.

The building was nearly vacant for the New Year’s holiday. No one was injured.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known.

House Speaker Tom Boyd said the Legislature might have to convene outside the Capitol on Monday.

Budget Office Director John Andreason said figures needed to construct the 1993 budget were still intact, but equipment was destroyed and the loss of office space will interfere with budget planning during the upcoming session.

About 50 firefighters brought the blaze under control about an hour after it broke out.

Kathleen Gurnsey, House Appropriations Committee chairwoman, said damage was put at $1 million.

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