The trolley was next to the future home of the Redlands Public Market.

This antique trolley was destroyed by an early morning fire Tuesday next to the the former Mutual Orange Distributors Packinghouse.

An early morning fire destroyed an antique trolley on Tuesday next to the former Mutual Orange Distributors Packinghouse, future site of a collection of restaurants to be known as the Redlands Public Market.

“It was a 1906 Brille Trolley Car from Portugal purchased in Yucaipa a few years ago from a collector,” said Jerry Tessier, president of Arteco Partners, a Pomona-based company that has restored more than 25 historic buildings throughout Southern California.  “It was going to be a dining car.”

Redlands firefighters responded to the fire at 4:30 a.m. at 330 Third St. east of the Studio Movie Grill and south of the Santa Fe Depot. No injuries were reported, and the building was not damaged. Damage to the trolley car was estimated at $25.000.

Firefighting efforts were hampered by live, arcing power lines above the trolley car. Southern California Edison crews responded and shut down power to the poles. The fire was extinguished within about 30 minutes.

Fire crews successfully prevented the fire from damaging the historic 1912 packinghouse. Power was lost to a portion of downtown and Edison crews were still on scene as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Three personnel from Loma Linda Fire Department assisted Redlands firefighters. Fire crews remained on scene for approximately two hours.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact Redlands Police at (909) 798-7681, ext. 1.

In June 2019, Arteco Partners unveiled plans for the Redlands Public Market inside the historic packinghouse. Originally built in 1912 as a citrus packinghouse, the building was later purchased by the city. It stood vacant for many years until being purchased by Arteco Partners with plans to transform the building into a culinary marketplace celebrating Redlands’ agricultural heritage and local cuisine.

ormer Mutual Orange Distributors Packinghouse, future site of a collection of restaurants to be known as the Redlands Public Market.

Redlands firefighters responded to the fire at 4:30 a.m. at 330 Third St. east of the Studio Movie Grill and south of the Santa Fe Depot. No injuries were reported, and the building was not damaged. Damage to the trolley car was estimated at $25.000.

Firefighting efforts were hampered by live, arcing power lines above the trolley car. Southern California Edison crews responded and shut down power to the poles. The fire was extinguished within about 30 minutes.

Fire crews successfully prevented the fire from damaging the historic 1912 packinghouse. Power was lost to a portion of downtown and Edison crews were still on scene as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Three personnel from Loma Linda Fire Department assisted Redlands firefighters. Fire crews remained on scene for approximately two hours.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Anyone who witnesses suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact Redlands Police at (909) 798-7681, ext. 1.

In June 2019, Arteco Partners unveiled plans for the Redlands Public Market inside the historic packinghouse. Originally built in 1912 as a citrus packing house, the building was later purchased by the city. It stood vacant for many years until being purchased by Arteco Partners with plans to transform the building into a culinary marketplace celebrating Redlands’ agricultural heritage and local cuisine.