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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Fire Tears Through San Bernardino Scottish Rite Center


by Christopher Hodapp

On Sunday, the Scottish Rite building in San Bernardino, California caught fire for the second time in just over a year. After a rooftop fire in February last year, the building has mostly been vacant. No injuries have been reported.


The fire was spotted by passing motorists on nearby I-215 and reported just after 5:00 PM. Fire Department investigators have not determined the cause of the fire as of this time.

The building was originally dedicated in 1972 and also served as the site of the San Bernardino William and Beverly Rainbolt RiteCare Childhood Language Center. After the first fire, the Scottish Rite moved out a year ago. Since then, the highly-visible center had become a magnet for vandals and graffiti that could be seen from the freeway.

(Photos: Press Enterprise and the San Bernardino County Fire Department)

1 comment:

  1. Since a young child in the 70's, I would see this building while gazing out of the window as my parents drove by in our family car. So much has changed in the area since then, but there was something comforting about seeing that building as an unchanged reminder of my childhood. It saddens me to see what has become of it today.

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