Updated: Cabin Burns to the Ground in Millard Canyon

A cabin in a Forest Service area near the Millard Canyon Campground burned down on Tuesday night.

A cabin in Millard Canyon burned to the ground Tuesday night leaving nothing but a chimney standing.

Dave Couch, a witness at the scene who was visiting friends at a nearby cabin, said he arrived that night and the cabin had already burned, with hot ash and embers all that was left.  Nearby trees had been singed but no brush fire had started, he told Patch in an email.

Bonny Schumaker, who owns a nearby cabin, said she had asked Couch to check on her cabin and he came by and found the cabin burned down - nobody had seen smoke or any other evidence of it.  She said he was surprised to realize he was the first witness there.

Schumaker noted that it was damp and rainy up in Millard Canyon Tuesday night, which likely helped keep the fire from spreading.  She described the cabin as "quaint, with with hardwood floors and stone fireplace."

On Wednesday morning there were Forest Service fire trucks and SoCal Edison trucks on scene, according to Altadena Patch reader Barbara Ellis, who sent in the photos on right.

County Fire Department Inspector Quovondo Johnson said the department got called to the scene at 11:14 Tuesday night, but did not have much information about the fire as it was on Forest Service land. He said the records indicate that the fire had already burned out when the department arrived.

Representatives of the Forest Service had not returned calls about the fire by the time of publication of this article.

Updated 2:30: Millard Canyon Campground host Lonnie Fehr said contractors were working on the cabin this week - it was undergoing renovation. 

Updated 2:55 p.m: Nathan Judy, of the U.S. Forest Service, said the County Fire Department will investigate the cause of the fire - structure fires, even if in the Forest Service area, are under the jurisdiction of County Fire, he said.

Updated 3:45 p.m: Inspector Brian Riley of the County Fire Department said investigators have ruled out arson and said the cause of the fire is being classified as "accidental."

Leslie Aitken April 26, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Aww.....too bad...there are so few of those left.
Natalie April 26, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I always used to look up at that cabin on my hikes to the waterfall. I think it was a survivor from the great flood of 1939 that washed away other cabins further upstream. And it just managed to survive the Station fire as well. Thank goodness it didn't start another big fire that could have taken out all the other cabins and the campground. Lucky there was drizzle the whole of Monday.
Robby April 26, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Yeah, that was my thought, too. It could have taken all the cabins with it, if it had been fire weather. Those old cabins are marvelous - what a shame to lose one! Thank you for the info, Lonnie!
mary bardmess July 05, 2012 at 12:54 AM
I lived in that cabin from 1974 to 1977. It was a magical place from another time. So sad to see what is becoming of the Angeles Forest.
Shanene Moreno August 25, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Was this the cabin just over the stream by the campground?


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