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Historic Building Fire Ruled Suspicious

A historic building on North Livermore Avenue was fully engulfed in flames Friday night.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a suspicious fire that fully engulfed a historic building Friday night, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Peters said.

At 10:50 p.m., emergency crews were sent to the 500 block of North Livermore Avenue, near Linden Street, for a report of black smoke coming from a building.

When firefighters arrived on scene the building was fully involved, Peters said.

It took about 30 minutes for fire crews to extinguish the blaze.

The building, which sits alone in a lot near the Eagles Hall, has been vacant for more than 20 years, officials said.

The historic site was used as a church at one time and is more than 100 years old, Peters said.

Firefighters continue to investigate the cause and origin of the fire.

"We are certainly looking into why it was burning," Peters said. "There is no reason there should have been a fire there."

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Californicated1 October 22, 2012 at 07:16 PM
I sort have to laugh that the reason for preserving an old building, especially after it burned down is because "[t]his site is architecturally significant a remnant of style that literally signified the 19th century and early 20th century American West". That in itself is one of the silliest reasons for preserving a building when you get right down to it, especially when folks can go out to Bodie SHP or any other ghost town out there to see such buildings, or any other town that still has and uses those buildings, like LaGrange or even Placerville for that matter. If the IDES or even the Eagles had any interest in the building, they probably would not have let turn into the problem it became. Not every old building out there is a shrine, and up until now, not very many people treated this building as such, either. And this building in particular is typical of what one would see in the life of a structure in a town like Livermore, where the building was built, occupied or inhabited and then when the organization moved on, the building was abandoned or sold to somebody else, to repeat that process until nobody saw the building as desireable anymore. Unless "Washington camped here" or "Lincoln slept here" or even "Grant drank here", this building has no real historical significance and just being a typical building from the 19th Century American West is not enough to save it, even if it were relocated.
Rich Buckley October 22, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Filed Registration Letter with City of Livermore, see photo above.
Spelling B October 22, 2012 at 08:50 PM
@ Amber S., You need to go back to school for spelling and grammar.
Rich Buckley October 23, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The "Peace And Conflict Resolution.org" Restore 577 North Livermore Ave, fund raising and volunteer effort is coordinating this effort, as may be directed by the City Of Livermore. There are many ways to contribute, of course: https://sites.google.com/site/peaceandconflictresolution/donationaccount
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