Marina del Rey, California – December 12, 2023
A massive fire engulfed the iconic California Yacht Club late Monday night, causing extensive damage that took firefighters nearly two hours to bring under control, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The incident, which left two firefighters with moderate injuries, has raised concerns about the future of the historic structure.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department received an urgent call around 11:30 p.m. on Monday, reporting a structure fire at the California Yacht Club situated in the 4400 block of Admiralty Way. Fred Fielding, a spokesperson for the Fire Department, stated that crews were met with a daunting scene upon arrival, with heavy smoke and flames devouring the two-story building.
Dramatic footage from various news outlets captured the intensity of the blaze, depicting large flames consuming the historic structure while thick smoke billowed into the night sky. The firefighting efforts involved multiple fire trucks and personnel summoned to contain the inferno.
During the operation, two firefighters sustained moderate injuries and were promptly transported to a local hospital, as confirmed by Fielding. The precise nature and status of their injuries are yet to be disclosed.
Jeremy Stafford, supervising fire dispatcher at the L.A. County Fire Department, reported that the fire was successfully subdued just before 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, marking an arduous overnight battle for the firefighters.
The cause of the fire remains shrouded in mystery, with Stafford confirming an ongoing investigation into the incident.
The California Yacht Club, founded in 1922 by yachtsmen from the Los Angeles Athletic Club and other yacht clubs, holds a rich history within the local maritime community. Despite the gravity of the situation, representatives for the club have not yet responded to requests for comment.
The devastating fire has cast a pall over the California Yacht Club, leaving the community and maritime enthusiasts anxiously awaiting further details about the incident’s aftermath and the potential restoration of this cherished historic landmark.