Century Old Bible Survives Devastating Fire at San Pedro Elks Lodge

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Firefighters were mopping up after a fast-moving blaze that ripped through the iconic Elks Lodge in San Pedro on Tuesday morning, according to authorities.


A fast-moving fire caused extensive damage when it burned through the Elks Lodge in San Pedro on April 15, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The greater alarm fire broke out in the 1700 block of West Cumbre Drive (map) shortly before 3:00 a.m., according to a tweet from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Video from the scene showed the two-story structure fully engulfed in flames.

More than 100 firefighters were at the scene, a separate tweet from the LAFD stated.

The fire was declared a knockdown around 4:50 a.m., nearly two hours after it began, according to a tweet from the fire department.

“We had a water issue, there’s smaller mains up here, LAFD Battalion Chief Steve Ruda said. “So it’s basically… a straw and suck as much water as you can to put out a major fire on the top of this hill.”

The building suffered extensive damage from the flames, video from the scene showed.

“This is a tragic loss. This place, we do so much charity and things, it’s unbelievable,” said one man, who identified himself as the chair and trustee of the San Pedro Elks Lodge. “Hopefully we will rebuild.”

A Bible that was more than 100 years old was among the items saved from the lodge room.

“Firefighters did a great job of saving our lodge room, and the building may be lost but we have a lot of artifacts,” said Exalted Ruler Jose Chavez. “This bible has been with this lodge for over 109 years.”

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

KTLA’s Wendy Burch contributed to this report.