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Holiday Lights Cause Blaze at Trader Joe's in Corte Madera

Firefighters respond to a small fire on the roof at Trader Joe's

Some faulty wiring to the holiday lights at Trader Joe's sparked a fire on the roof Wednesday afternoon.

Crews from Larkspur, Kentfield, Ross Valley and San Rafael fire agencies responded when reports of smoke at the Marin Central Plaza came in at 4:45 p.m.

Crews under the command of Battalion Chief Jim Lydon discovered a fire on the roof of the complex directly above Trader Joe's Market. Firefighters climbed a ladder to get to the Trader Joe's roof and found a fire in the parapet. The blaze was quickly extinguished.

Investigators determined that "faulty or damaged electrical wiring providing power for the exterior holiday lights" caused the fire.

There were no reports of injuries.

The damage, estimated to be less than $25,000, was contained to a small area above Trader Joe's. After the fire was fully extinguished, fire crews laid down plastic sheeting to help protect the area from any water damage during the anticipated storms this week. Trader Joe's remained open during regular business hours Wednesday.

There were no reports of additional damage to the neighboring businesses, Men's Wearhouse and Cost Plus.

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Phil M November 29, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I am glad everyone is okay and the store stayed open. I love this store. ________________________________________ Find a Career College near you, www.americolleges.com
Tracy November 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Tremendous response time from all fire agecies! Glad to hear there was minimal damage to the roof.
Ian November 29, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Lucky they got to it so quickly. I don't think I've ever heard of a roof fire started by holiday lights, but I bet it's more common than I thought.

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