PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) _ A three-alarm fire destroyed the historic but shuttered El Mirador hotel today, fire officials said.

The fire broke out shortly after midnight with flames licking through the roof of the vacant structure, said Robert Morgan, spokesman for the Palm Springs Fire Department.

Cathedral City and Riverside County firefighters also responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire was under investigation, Morgan said.

The Mirador, built in 1927, was owned by the Desert Hospital, which uses its tower as a logo. Morgan said the hospital had planned to restore the 200- room building to its original Morrocan-Spanish design.

A damage estimate was not immediately available, Morgan said.