- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A huge fire destroyed most of the Elks Lodge in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, but no one was injured in the blaze.

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, except an 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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