ANAHEIM – An abandoned building in the Anaheim Historic Colony District was destroyed by fire overnight.

Flames broke out in a boarded-up two-story building in the 400 block of N. Lemon Street about 11:47 p.m. Monday, Anaheim
fire spokeswoman Maria Sabol said.
Both stories of the dilapidated building, Sabol said. It took 32 firefighters
five hours to put out the flames and mop up the charred remnants.

About 1,100 historic properties sit in the colony district – a 2.127 square
mile area bounded by North, South, West and East streets – the original
boundaries of the Colony settled by German winemakers in 1857.

Homes which are awarded protected status must meet numerous
standards, including maintaining the historic integrity of the structure
according to the Federal Department of Interior Standards for Historic

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.