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Firefighters Save Historic Naval Academy In Lake Elsinore From Flames

At press time, there are no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is not immediately known.

A small brush fire was reported late Friday afternoon near the historic and long-vacant Elsinore Naval and Military School on Grand Avenue.

Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson said the blaze was reported at 4:25 p.m. and was quickly contained by 4:54 p.m.

At press time she was awaiting word on total acreage burned, but said by 4:45 p.m. firefighters had stopped the forward rate of spread on the blaze at 1 acre.

There was no structure damage and no reports of injury.

Hendrickson said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Located on Grand Avenue at the Ortega in Lake Elsinore, the Elsinore Naval and Military School was constructed in 1923, but was originally designed as a luxury resort. A bankruptcy eventually led to the sale of the building to Major Glen Conklin, who along with his wife Pearl, turned it into the Elsinore Naval and Military School for boys in 1933.

The school, often referred to as simply "the Academy," thrived well into the 1970s before it was shuttered.

The property was purchased in 2004 by Temecula-based land development firm The Garrett Group, and at last check the company still owns it.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Click here for the story on a fire reported at a homeless encampment earlier in the day.

spike May 13, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I agree 200%. Since moving here and driving by it daily I cant help but wonder why it sits there empty. What awesome possibilities that property has.
spike May 13, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Speaking of random old buildings, what is the building that's up on stilts by the 15 off of Baxter on the West side? Also does anyone have any idea where the railroad tracks used to run way back in the day when Wildomar was a water stop?
Ken Mayes May 13, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Follow the Murrieta Creek through Wildomar and your pretty much on the old railroad right of way until you get to Mission Trail then it gets a little murky. County mapping system will show exact location if needed. Building on stilts is the old Brown House which someone had the bright idea and no money to save, it was moved from its original location on Grand across from the Middle School to make way for a housing development, its been there for a number of years. Maybe one day it will just fall over and then we won't have to worry about it.
JOHN MILLER May 13, 2013 at 11:34 PM
all i have to say is , the fire would have never happiend if the Security person was there , you remember the guy that lived in the 5th wheel on the property , with the big dogs . the property used to look nice then . but the city kicked him out . now look at the place . kids partying all the time , now a fire brakes out . it wont be long before somebody gets hurt , were is that guy that took cair of all that . THE CITY KICKED HIM OUT . NOW LOOK WHAT YOU ALL HAVE TO LOOK AT . A EYE SORE .... THANKS TO THE CITY . PEPOLE . THEY ARE IDIOTS . UNEDUCATED IDIOTS . MAKES ME LAUGH ...........
Khdtv Broadcasting May 19, 2014 at 06:52 PM
I have spent 3 years looking into the Elsinore Academy site. From a investigative journalistic point of view this is, what is a matter of record: 1. The security guard with the big dog and turkey, was hired by the ownership of the building, to protect the building. Fact 2. The security guard stripped the building of al wires, pipes and ALL fixtures, doors and artifacts. Fact 3. The Building and Safety Department of The City of Elsinore, kicked the "Security Guard" off the property for, stripping the building. Question: how long does it take to strip a 30,000 sq ft building: how long would it take to strip? 4. As of 5/19,2014; the building is abandoned, motion to be made seeking declaration by the City: abatement petition: possible court supervision due to public safety and code violations. 5. With as many fires at the Academy location, as you stated above: "someone is going to get hurt". For recent photos and video of the Elsinore Academy got to: Youtube: khdtv.broadcasting Go to: www.rockethub.com search: elsinore academy

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