Magic Castle fire in Hollywood out, no injuries reported

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Firefighters at the Magic Castle after it caught fire Monday afternoon Oct. 31, 2011.

Magic Castle

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Firefighters respond to a smoking Magic Castle after it caught fire Monday Oct. 31, 2011.


The attic of Hollywood's landmark Magic Castle caught on fire today, but it was put out by about 120 firefighters in a little over an hour. No injuries were reported, but the extent of the damage was not immediately clear.

Firefighters appeared to have gained the upper hand on the flames within about 40 minutes, but continued working to extinguish the fire and vent the roof, said Matt Spence of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Light smoke was rising from the Magic Castle during the fire. The Magic Castle's staff evacuated the building.

The Magic Castle is a private club for magicians, though members of the public can become members or visit by invitation. The ornate structure was built as a private home in the early 1900s.

According to the Castle's site, the club opened in 1963 and became known as "The Mecca for Magicians." Its membership has grown to about 5,000 active magician and non-magician members.

From the site:

We are an organization which promotes the art of magic, encourages fellowship and maintains the highest ethical standards. We provide a friendly environment where members and their guests can enjoy the art and each other’s company. Our goals and objectives are to advance the art and promote a positive image of magic and magicians worldwide.

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