Updated April 29, 2014 3:30PM.
SAN PEDRO - It took more than a hundred firefighters to extinguish a non-injury arson fire that heavily damaged an Elks Lodge early Tuesday morning.
The Los Angeles Fire Department was summoned at 2:50 AM on April 15, 2014 to 1748 Cumbre Drive in San Pedro, where firefighters arrived quickly to discover the large two-story San Pedro Elks Lodge #966 well involved with fire.
Less than twenty minutes into a fierce battle against towering flames, firefighters were forced to move to a defensive posture, as the roof of the 33,744 square-foot building constructed on a bluff, began to fail.
A total of 104 Los Angeles Firefighters under the command of Battalion Chief Ernest Bobadilla were able to spare a large auditorium from the bulk of fire damage, which ravaged other parts of the iconic facility. Flames were fully extinguished in less than two hours, and no injuries were reported. Firefighters spent several hours at the scene gingerly extracting memorabilia and carefully salvaging belongings that had not been consumed by flames. Monetary loss to the 47 year-old building is still being tabulated.
The fire was determined to be an intentional act, having been categorized as "incendiary" by LAFD Investigators, who were joined by Los Angeles Police Detectives and Federal law enforcement officials in an exhaustive investigation.
On April 29, 2014, the investigation team announced the arrest of 78-year-old Nick Pecarich, of San Pedro, in connection with the fire.
Dispatched Units: E101 RA101 E248 E48 T48 RA848 E285 T85 EM13 BC6 E36 E112 E264 T64 E85 E266 T66 DC1 EM11 BC13 T5 E205 E5 UR5 RA5 UR88 BC4 E79 E38 E295 T95 E221 T21 EA2 AR1 RA112Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department