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Fire burns historic structure in Death Valley National Park

Death Valley Fire
Posted at 2:22 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 17:22:41-04

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — A historic garage building was destroyed by fire and another was damaged at the Scotty’s Castle complex in Death Valley National Park.

The National Park Service says the main house and other surrounding structures were not harmed in the fire Thursday morning.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Scotty’s Castle was built as a desert dream home in the 1920s by a Chicago millionaire couple and local prospector character Walter “Death Valley Scotty” Scott, who supposedly had a secret gold mine.

The complex has been closed for rebuilding and restoration since a devastating flood in 2015.