Cigarette caused fire on San Rafael pier

May 27, 2008 9:51:46 AM PDT
A discarded cigarette may be to blame for a fire on a historic wooden pier in San Rafael.

Fire officials say a fire at the Marin Rod & Gun Club Monday night was reported by an off-duty Novato police officer.

The flames on the nearly half-a-mile long pier were confined to the end of the structure.

A fire boat arrived about 30 minute after the fire was reported and extinguished the blaze.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, but a fire official says it may have been started when someone discarded a cigarette on the planks.

Damage to the pier was limited to the deck and part of the undercarriage.


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