Western Pacific depot burns down in Stockton

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STOCKTON, Calif. — A weekend fire has destroyed a former Western Pacific train station in Stockton, Recordnet News reports. The fire started in the evening of June 18 when first responders were greeted by billowing black smoke and orange flames.

While the origin of the fire is unknown, two homeless people had to be rescued from the depot by first responders, according to the article.

An anonymous benefactor purchased the building in the 1970s and then donated the structure to the Stockton Police Department. Local law enforcement and contractors fixed up the building to serve as a clubhouse for youth activities. 

In 2015, a much smaller fire damaged the building and county officials have since been looking into whether the structure could be restored again.

The Western Pacific, which once served the California Zephyr, is listed as a historical resource by the state office of historic preservation.

While the most recent fire caused the building’s roof to collapse, local officials are still determining if the building is a total loss.

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