Fire Rips Through San Rafael Lumber Yard

SAN RAFAEL (CBS SF) – Firefighters worked to control a two-alarm fire at a San Rafael building supply center and lumber yard early Friday morning, a San Rafael fire chief said.

Firefighters received a call just after 2:45 a.m. about a fire burning at Rafael Lumber and Building Supply at 930 Andersen Drive, fire Chief Chris Gray said.

Thirty-five firefighters aggressively attacked the fire that was burning a large amount of construction material stored outside of the main building and had spread into an office and display area attached to the main building, Gray said.

The fire was contained within an hour, he said. A fire sprinkler system helped quell the flames.

Crews are investigating the cause of the blaze and as of 5 a.m. firefighters were conducting salvage and overhaul operations.

Gray said no civilian or firefighter injuries were reported. No one was at the supply center when the fire started.

Gray likened the lumber and building supply center to a small Home Depot store in terms of layout and building organization.

No damage estimate was immediately available.

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