Fire Due to Electrical Malfunction

Officials say wiring under historic building appeared to have went bad, causing $20,000 in damage.

A historic building that caught fire Saturday appears to have been caused by an electical malfunction, according to a report by the Valley Times.

The one-alarm blaze caused $20,000 in damage to the business — Prime Mechanical Service — at 315 North P Street, the report said.

View Livermore Patch's previous report here.

danielle nabozny October 28, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Interesting - two historical buildings in town have caught fire....
Californicated1 October 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Yeah! Right! "Like it's a conspiracy, man!" The first one was on only "historic" because of its age and nothing more. That building was nothing more than an abandoned building and sooner or later, it was bound to happen that it would either be destroyed or would fall apart because it was neglected. As for 315-"P" Street, that house was moved over there from its old location, which is still an empty lot between "K" and "L" streets on Chestnut. Not sure why this house considered "historic" either. The house looks like it was built like so many houses in the 1920s were built--bungalow style with a Spanish flair. This house would not be any more distinguishing if it were moved over to North Garfield Street in Loveland, Colorado or along Manila Street in Oakland. I remember when that house was moved back in 2005. And for a long time, there were people working on that house in the new location and I remember it becoming somebody's office sometime in 2007. As for the house being "historic", somebody else will have to chime in. Unless Eugene O'Neill owned it and had his private orgies here, I doubt that the house is that historically significant.
Penelope P October 29, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Wasn't this the house that was moved and then re-stored as a "Green Home"? Still vacant I think too. Maybe that is why it is Historical. Scary that it was an Electical Fire nonetheless.
Jeff October 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM
If the whole south side of Livermore were bulldozed then repopulated in brand new condos, it would have an entirely different look. And yet how many of the flattened homes would have been considered to have national historic value? Being 'historic' does not have to mean that George Washington lived there or it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It may simply mean the home contributes to the historic feel of the neighborhood. Some of our neighborhoods were significantly developed in the 1920's and 1930's in a distinctive style drawn from Craftsman and California bungalows, so homes of that style contribute to the historic character. You might not miss one when it goes away, but when lots of them disappear from an area it takes on a completely different look. The house on North P was originally the home of Dan Dutro, a prominent Livermore resident and well known barber on First Street. His home was built by local builder Sam Bothwell, and characteristic of Bothwell's houses it has some great features, from the arched front door to Bothwell's signature window detailing. Of course it is historic, and of course it contributes to the character of Livermore's old neighborhoods. By the way, the building on Livermore Ave. that recently burned was originally the Portuguese I.D.E.S. hall, built in the late 1800s and a great example of the early fraternal and religious organizations that were at the core of Livermore's early strength.


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