Firefighters needed more than two hours Tuesday morning to extinguish a fire at the iconic Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.
Crews responded about 1:50 a.m. to the building at 12833 W. Ventura Blvd. and discovered fire in the kitchen of the Lodge’s event center, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters were able to make good progress and extinguish the bulk of the fire in about 90 minutes but had difficulty with flames in hard to access areas between the first and second floors of the building, she said. Walls of the building had to be opened in order for crews to get to the fire traveling through the ventilation system.
A crew of 57 firefighters battled the fire and a knock down was declared at 4:06 a.m., Stewart said.
No injuries were reported and arson investigators were called to the scene, she said.
A plan to have a portion of the Sportsmen’s complex razed and a high-end retail center built in its place was approved in 2015, but has never been implemented.
In September 2018, the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission approved new landscaping plans for the Lodge, which include ferns to be planted in shady areas under existing trees and native plants to be placed near ponds on the property and an outdoor dining deck will give way to a dock-like seating area next to the water.
The Sportsmen’s Lodge pre-dates the film industry in Southern California and was later graced by Hollywood legends, including Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable and John Wayne, according to the Sportsmen’s website.
The original Sportsmen’s Lodge opened in the 1880’s and visitors could fish for trout in the man made ponds and any fish that was caught could be taken to the Lodge’s restaurant and the chef would cook it, the website said.
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