Historic market in El Portal burns to ground
April 21, 2008
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) ” The National Park Service says one of the oldest buildings in El Portal has been destroyed in a fire.
Residents reported smoke was pouring out of the attic of the El Portal Market around 5 a.m. Monday. By the time fire crews reached the store, it was too late to save the building.
The market was built in the mid-1930s to serve visitors traveling to Yosemite National Park by railroad.
It was closed for renovations while a new contractor prepared to take over management.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and officials say there’s no evidence to suggest it was arson.