Abandoned Bellflower Night Club Goes Up in Flames, Body Found Inside

While Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide investigators didn’t plan on being involved in the case of a fire at an old night club, residents in Bellflower told them about a man who once used the premises. According to the Press-Telegram, they were right to wonder about the fate of the homeless man many had befriended:

The massive blaze that engulfed the former “Clark Bowl” bowling alley began Friday afternoon in the rear of the property, 9333 Alondra Blvd.

Damage to the vacant structure was estimated at $1.5 million and the cause remains under investigation, authorities said.

While the name of the victim was not released Wednesday, people who live and work in the area believe it was a homeless man known to most as Max.

Two poster boards attached to the wrought iron fence that surrounds the property had messages of love and condolences to the missing transient, who was believed to have been in his late 40s. A tangle of orange and white balloons and ribbons and a long line of candles also marked the location.

With few tangible leads as yet, the police have not issued either a cause of death or a cause of the fire that consumed the once-popular property. Local residents have shared their hypotheses; and they point to a potential criminal charge.

Another possibility for the man’s relatives, is if the cause of the fire was arson. There could be a civil remedy for the loss of the man’s life due to the fire.

[Image: David Scott via Flickr]