Fire Guts Vacant Santa Ana Hotel

Arson officials are looking into the fire at the Saddleback Inn, the third in the past two years.

A fire broke out Friday night at a vacant hotel in Santa Ana, the same hotel that has been burned in two other fires in as many years, firefighters said.

The three-alarm fire happened at the Saddleback Inn at 1655 East First Street at 10:35 p.m.

The two-story building was vacant at the time of the fire, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. John Muir said.

It took more than 70 firefighters about three hours to put out the fire, Muir said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“There have been two other fires at this building in the past two years,” Muir said. “An entire team from Orange County arson investigators will be working diligently to find out the cause of this fire.”

There were no injuries.


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The inn opened in 1964 and has been boarded up for the last decade.

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