A fire broke out at Lake Elsinore’s historic Machado House Saturday, Sept. 2, causing $150,000 in damage to the 159-year-old structure.
The blaze was first reported at 11:15 a.m. in the 15400 block of Grand Avenue in Lakeland Village, according to CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.
“The first arriving engine company reported a structure fire with multiple palm trees and one-half acre of vegetation involved,” Hageman wrote in an incident report.
Grand Avenue was closed in the fire area while firefighters battled the blaze.
Twenty-two firefighters, five engine companies and one truck company responded to the blaze.
The adobe Machado House was built in 1858 by Don Agustin Machado and became part of the historic Butterfield stage route as a relay station for mail and passengers, according to the city’s website, www.lake-elsinore.org.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, but Lake Elsinore Mayor Bob Magee is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist, which he believes may have been trespassers, according to a post on his Facebook page where he announced the reward.
“The historic Machado House was torched today, presumably by trespassers,” Magee wrote Saturday after the fire was first reported. “I am offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible!”
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.