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65-Year-Old Police Station Hit by Fire

October 11, 1990

A fire at the old Northeast Police Station in Highland Park damaged vintage wooden furnishings but will not delay plans to renovate the historic station and turn it into a police museum, said the president of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society.

About 65 firefighters battled the blaze, which broke out at 1 a.m. Monday in the station at 6045 E. York Blvd.

No injuries were reported, but firefighters estimated the damage at $100,000, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Greg Acevedo said.

The cause could not be determined immediately, and an arson investigation was begun, Acevedo said.

The 65-year-old station, which was designated a city landmark, has not been used by the Los Angeles Police Department since 1983. A bond measure approved earlier this year is expected to provide funds for earthquake reinforcement and asbestos removal.

The Los Angeles City Council has approved plans to lease the building to the Los Angeles Police Historical Society for use as a police museum. Police Sgt. Richard Kalk, society president, said the fire apparently caused no major structural damage.

But Kalk said the blaze destroyed some interior wood paneling, desks and the reception counter, all of which must be rebuilt. "We want to restore it back the way it was in 1925," he said.

Kalk said his group had planned to install an alarm system in the station this week because of continuing vandalism problems.

"We didn't get there in time," he said.

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