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San Pedro Fish Market Launches Scholarship Contest -

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San Pedro’s Rita Fiorenza Is A Basketball Revelation -

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‘No Lane Reductions’ As Gaffey Street Redevelopment Plans Move Forward -

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San Pedro Prep Sports 2014 Fall Review -

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

LAPD Harbor Division and Philie B’s Pizza To Host Charity Events This Weekend -

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

San Pedro Holiday Parade Returns Sunday with a Twist -

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Wonderland Comes To The Waterfront -

Monday, December 1, 2014

One-Way Streets May Come to Downtown San Pedro -

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

San Pedro’s Two Newest Volleyball Skyscrapers: Allison Kittell & Tracy Folchi -

Monday, November 10, 2014

San Pedro and POLA Prep Girls Cross-Country Preview: Running For More Glory -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Craft Beer Festival Comes to Crafted This Weekend -

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Second Workshop for Urban Greening Project Receives Warm Reception from Community -

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Construction of Mixed-Use Apartment Complex on Gaffey Could Begin Next Spring -

Thursday, September 25, 2014

UPDATE: Blaze Inside Port of L.A. in Wilmington Nearly Contained; Air Quality Deemed ‘Safe’ -

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

San Pedro High Football Off To Another Strong Start -

Monday, September 22, 2014

UPDATE: San Pedro Elks Lodge Partially Destroyed in ‘Suspicious’ Fire (Photos)

The San Pedro Elks Lodge suffered a devastating fire Tuesday morning. (photo: Chris Villanueva)

San Pedro’s iconic Elks Lodge was partially destroyed Tuesday morning in a devastating fire that officials are calling “suspicious” in nature.

The lodge, located at 1748 Cumbre Dr. in San Pedro, suffered massive damage to the main dining hall, the legendary bar area and other rooms in the multilevel structure. Firefighters were able to save the ritual hall and some of its priceless heirlooms inside.

More than 100 firefighters were called to the scene to put out the fire, which started at approximately 3 a.m.

This was the second fire at the lodge in less than a week. Another fire was reported on Sunday morning around 6 a.m. Arson investigators are on the scene to investigate if there was any foul play involved.

“They thought it was like dawn. There was that much fire blowing through the rooftops,” LAFD Battalion Chief Steve Ruda told NBCLA. “[These were] two fires close together, officials are going to take a good hard look at this building and the possibility of [the fires] being suspicious.”

San Pedro Elks Exalted Ruler, José Chavez, stood outside the rubble of the landmark structure clutching the 109-year-old Bible from the ritual hall that was saved by firefighters.

“We know it’s arson. Someone had it out for us,” Chavez told Fox 11’s Gigi Graciette.

“I’m so elated that firefighters were able to save our lodge room and save this Bible,” Chavez said to NBCLA while holding back tears. “I’ve been holding this since 3 o’clock this morning.”

According to Chavez, The Bible has been signed by every Exalted Ruler, including three times by Chavez, since 1905.

Chris Villanueva, a local photojournalist, was at the scene of the fire and witnessed the structure collapse. “It’s just so sad,” he said. “Watching the roof collapse was really hard to watch. And now they’re saying it was possibly arson? That just makes it so much worse.”

UPDATE: Councilman Joe Buscaino has released a statement on the Elks Lodge fire:

 

UPDATE 9:55 a.m. – The Daily Breeze has posted photos of the interior damage to the ritual hall.

UPDATE 10:52 a.m. – More from Councilman Buscaino: “The Elks Lodge in San Pedro is more than just an iconic place with spectacular views of our hometown. It is a place where the community gathers to create lifelong memories that can never be taken away. The Elks Lodge will be rebuilt and become better than ever and serve our community for generations to come. This incident will only serve to make San Pedro and the entire Elks family stronger.”

UPDATE 1 p.m. – A Facebook page has been set up in support of rebuilding the San Pedro Elks Lodge.

Links from other local news outlets:

LAFD News & Information Blog: San Pedro Elks Lodge Heavily Damaged by Fire

KTLA: Massive Blaze Rips Through ‘Iconic’ Elks Lodge in San Pedro

NBCLA: 109-Year-Old Bible Saved From Fire at “Iconic” San Pedro Elks Lodge

KCBS/KCAL: Fire Guts Elks Lodge In San Pedro

San Pedro Beacon will have more on this story as it develops.

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

(photo: Chris Villanueva)

 

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2 Responses to “UPDATE: San Pedro Elks Lodge Partially Destroyed in ‘Suspicious’ Fire (Photos)”
  1. jereshanks says:

    how sad that thing in our life that are possive can be look on in someones eye as evil and hadt to be testroyed my heart goes out to my fellow elks as im a past member and enjoyed many lunches and evenings there bless you and success in rebuilding

    love

    jere

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