Fire destroys most of San Pedro Elks Lodge

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Updated: 4/15 4:37 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities say nobody was hurt in a fire that destroyed most of a Los Angeles-area Elks Lodge.

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says more than 100 firefighters fought the flames in San Pedro for nearly two hours early Tuesday. The fire was knocked down about 4:45 a.m.

Much of the 34,000-square-foot structure was gutted, but crews managed to save the auditorium.

Investigators are looking for a possible connection to a small brush fire on the property on Sunday. Humphrey says the earlier fire appears to have been deliberately set.

City News Service says the lodge was built on an 11-acre hilltop site in 1967 at a cost of $648,000. Its fittings included chandeliers and stained glass windows from the original lodge, which was built in 1911.

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