The town of Aberdeen in the US state of Washington is currently reeling from a disaster which saw the destruction of a local museum over the weekend, which had been housing an exhibit on one of their most famous residents – Kurt Cobain.
As The Seattle Times notes, a devastating fire broke out at the Aberdeen Armory on Saturday, which houses a number of buildings including the Aberdeen Museum of History. While no one was hurt in the blaze, the contents of the 96-year-old building were destroyed in the blaze.
“This is a devastating loss for the city,” explained Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard. “There’s massive destruction of a lot of historic items” from fire, smoke and water damage.”
Notably, the museum was also housing an exhibit centred around Kurt Cobain, the frontman for Nirvana who was born in the city back in 1967.
“People have come from around the world to see what we had on Nirvana,” explained museum curator Dave Morris to King 5 News. “Then we when they saw the rest of the history they were impressed. There’s more to Aberdeen than just Kurt Cobain.”
“This fire is history, so it will be in the record books. And we’re going to rebuild and move on, and keep the history preserved. That’s my job.”
Sad to hear about the fire at the Aberdeen Museum of History. Here are a couple pics of the Kurt Cobain Exhibit and one of the old Stewart Field (Aberdeen HS stadium) sign I took when I was down there last September. Horrible loss for the community. pic.twitter.com/rsRliBPbmA
— Ryland Spencer™ (@RylandSpencer) June 11, 2018
This is terrible. Hope people are safe. https://t.co/ZWvwjr2Il2
— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) June 9, 2018
While no information has been released about what Cobain-related items were lost in the blaze, it appears that the majority of the exhibit was centred around artwork based on the late grunge musician, with numerous pieces commissioned for what would have been his 50th birthday last year.
New artwork was installed in 2017 to commemorate what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday. Local woman Jennifer Lundberg’s mother painted a mural for the museum.
“It was Kurt Cobain and it really means a lot because he’s from here,” explained local resident Jennifer Lundberg. “It’s just beautiful art.”
The exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined.