|College Park Tower Burns
"...a sad day for San Jose railroad historians."
SAN JOSE, CA On the evening of March 31, 1996, fire broke out in the second story of San Jose's College Park Tower. Flames completely gutted the inside of the building, destroying any hope of saving and removing the structure to a proposed site of for a San Jose railroad museum at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
Cause of the fire was not immediately known but it is
suspected that transients may have been responsible, as the area is frequented
by the homeless. The fire occurred on an evening that was unusually cold
for the time of year. When reporter Jon Pullman Porter surveyed the damage
the following morning, it was obvious the structure would not survive!