• Fire Wed. night ‘suspicious’ but not ‘hazardous’

    Monterey Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire last night, May 25, 2011 at Oceanview Blvd. And Asilomar, near the old fog horn. Heavy black smoke was reported coming from a cement storage structure that had been posted with a poison placard at the rear entrance, raising concern about hazardous materials.
    Pacific Grove Police evacuated the immediate area and established an isolation zone, and the Monterey County Health Department was advised of possible chemical hazards on scene.
    It turned out to be a storage structure for the Pacific Grove Golf Links and contained old greenskeeping machinery, including a “sander” which was the source of the slow, smoldering fire. There was fertilizer stored in the building as well, but it was in a separate room, according to Pacific Grove Police Commander John Nyunt, and was not involved in the fire.
    Fire crews were mindful of the amount of water used to put the fire out to prevent run-off and pollution, particularly as close as the building is to the ocean, according to a press release by Monterey Fire Chief Andrew Miller. The fire was declared out at about 10:00 p.m. at which time Nyunt was called in because of the suspicious nature of the fire.
    The fire is still under investigation by PG Police and Monterey Fire’s arson squad.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on May 26, 2011

    Topics: Current Edition, Front PG News

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