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Firefighter hurt in 1975 theatre fire honored

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A ribbon cutting ceremony honored a firefighter Friday who was injured while saving Yakima's historic theatre from being destroyed by fire.

Jack Lambert, a former firefighter with the City of Yakima Fire Department, was the guest of honor at the Capitol Theatre ribbon cutting ceremony that took place inside the new 4th Street Theatre.

Lambert and about 65 other firefighters helped save the Capitol Theatre from being completely destroyed by a large fire back in August 1975. Lambert was injured when brick and mortar fell on top of him after the Theatre's roof collapsed.

The Capitol has since been repaired and has undergone major expansion projects over the years.

"It's been a marvelous thing for me all the way through it," explained Lambert of watching the rebuilding process and seeing the theatre grow, "That they were able to get the original fresco built. And all of that stuff has been amazing to me, and I'm really glad that it happened."

Immediately following the ribbon cutting ceremony, Open House was held at the 4th Street Theatre. The event was a way for Theatre leaders to show their appreciation to members of the community for their continued support.

Each guest got the chance to take a tour of the Theatre, while enjoying free hot dogs and ice cream.