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In 1974, fire ravaged Main

Two men killed will be commemorated Sunday downtown

In 1974, a fire on Main Avenue destroyed six historic buildings in the middle of the 800 block and killed two young first responders who were trying to save others.

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The 40th anniversary memorial service for Durango firefighter Nick Parks III and Durango Police Cpl. Gale Emerson will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday in the 800 block of Main Ave.
The service will include a presentation of colors by a joint honor guard of the Durango Fire Protection District and the Durango Police Department as well as a placing of wreaths at the location of the fire, which took place where the Main Mall now stands. A drum and bagpipe corps will perform, and survivors will tell the history of one of Durango’s most tragic events.
Main Avenue will be closed between Eighth and Ninth streets beginning at 7 a.m. They will reopen after the service concludes.

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