South San Francisco, CA July 11, 2022
On Sunday July 10th, around 1:40pm, the Firedispatch.com reported a fire at 920 Stonegate Drive in South San Francisco, which is home of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #2091 and the California Catering Company. The large response from South San Francisco Fire Department was supported with mutual aid from neighboring agencies of San Bruno Fire Department and Daly City Fire Department, to this 2 alarm fire which appears to have started in the gym.
While some locals speculated if the fire started in the kitchen, Elk member Terrence Mullady explained it appeared to have started in the the sauna area. “It’s bad” Terrence wrote on our FB page. “There is no confirmation on how it started but I believe it was the heater in the dry sauna.” Fire reports indicated heavy fire in the attic area. Also reported there were some who were treated for smoke inhalation, although no serious injuries were noted. Hat tip to Steven Douglas for that information in real time.
The ELKS, a social club by membership with focus on the ‘welfare and enhance the happiness of its members; To quicken the spirit of American patriotism; and to cultivate good fellowship’ also is known for the good works they do within local communities. The South San Francisco Lodge offers their facility for rent with catering provided by California Catering. Through out the year they also offer family friendly events open to the public.
The fire is still under investigation and the Lodge remains closed until future notice. To learn more of the availability contact the Lodge directly at 650-589-4030. For information from California Catering Company CLICK HERE or call 650-589-0729.
The South San Francisco Police Department, who also responds to all fire and emergency calls, provided the following photos on their public Facebook page.
Please note the message from the ELKS LODGE:
Fire Information: Thank you all for your concerns and inquiries. The lodge is closed until further notice. Please do not come to the lodge. If you had items in the gym lockers, they will be secured until it is safe for you to come retrieve them. We will have the restoration company working on it for the next several months. Estimates we were given were three months for work on front of building due to smoke damage and at least 18 months for the severe fire damage caused in the back of the building where the gym, locker room, showers, sauma and steam room, and card room are located.There is smoke damage through out the building. We will keep you advised as work progresses and we get more information.
Please do not go to the lodge.
Thank you so much for your cooperation.