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88 Years Ago: The Shrine Auditorium Fire

Friday, January 11, 2008 |

To describe the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles as well known would be an understatement. Home to globally televised awards shows, concerts, theater productions, movie screenings, conventions and conferences, a fire at this landmark facility nearly killed six Los Angeles Firefighters on January 11, 1920 in a three-alarm blaze that destroyed the building in 30 minutes.

Shrine Auditorium Fire in Los Angeles, January 11, 1920. Click to enlarge...

Throughout the six year rebuilding effort following that fire, and again in a major remodeling in 2002, the Los Angeles Fire Department played a key role in the development of the Moroccan-theme marvel, which has hosted the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET Awards, Emmy Awards, People's Choice Awards, American Music Awards, the NAACP Image Awards and many others.

Like other theaters and public assemblage sites in our City, you'll often find an LAFD Inspector making his or her rounds, assuring that those in the spotlight and all who applaud them remain safe.

Whether you're receiving an Oscar® or merely enjoying the nightlife of Los Angeles, we hope you'll take solace in knowing that Inspectors from the LAFD Bureau of Fire Prevention and Public Safety are working hard behind the scenes - and often on-site, to assure your well being.


Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

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