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Discarded Cigarette the Cause of Structure Fire on Princess Street

Post Date:06/15/2018 3:15 PM

On Sunday, June 10 at approximately 6:29 p.m., the Southern Marin Fire Protection District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the intersection of Bridgeway and Princess Street. Engine 1 from Fire Station 1 in Sausalito arrived on scene in just under two minutes and discovered fire in the alleyway between the building with the Starbucks coffee shop and the building next door.

A "rapid fire attack" was initiated by Engine 1. Additional fire units quickly arrived and, due to the age of the buildings and their construction type, a second alarm was requested. The fire rapidly spread up the exterior walls of both buildings, resulting in fire within the wall spaces. 

Fire crews from Southern Marin, Mill Valley, Marin County, Tiburon, Central Marin, and Kentfield were able to extinguish the fire in twenty-six minutes. A total of eighteen fire vehicles responded with a total of thirty-nine firefighters.

The Sausalito Police Department also responded and assisted with the operation, as did two representatives from the American Red Cross. City Manager Adam Politzer and Southern Marin Fire District Board President Stephen Willis were also at the scene of the fire.

Fire investigators have determined that the fire originated in garbage cans located in the alley between the buildings. The source of ignition was a discarded cigarette.

The insurance estimate is that in excess of $250,000 in damage resulted from the fire. The Marin County Assessor's Office determined that the pre-incident value of the buildings was $10.8 million. The rapid response and quick actions by firefighters minimized property damage and prevented any injury or loss of life to citizens. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries from the fire due to electricity. One was transported to Marin General, but released the same day.



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