On September 15, 1936, a fire destroyed the historic Mt. Lowe Tavern. Located on Mt. Lowe in California, the wreckage was estimated to be worth about $250,000.
Since this fire was the third incident to threaten the structure in as many days, an immediate investigation was started to determine whether the origin was of an incendiary nature. The official finding of the Deputy Sheriffs’ office was that “the fire started in the pantry from a short circuit in a compressor.”
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