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Boise (AP) - Fire burned off the roof and destroyed most of the top floor of the Mode department store building in the center of Boise's business district Wednesday night.

One man was overcome by smoke and was reported in fair condition Thursday.

WILLLIAM BATCH, store superintendent, estimated the damage at "least one million dollars."

Fire Chief STEVE TAYLOR said the fire originated in the basement of the two-story store, but its cause had not been determined.

Three men, two of them doing repair work on the mezzanine floor of the building, were in the structure when the fire broke out. Two escaped safely but the third, JERRY WARNER, 58, the store's night watchman, was hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation.

The Post Register
Idaho Falls, Idaho
June 19, 1958

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