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Service Club Park fire UPDATE

Post Date:03/05/2018 11:35 AM
ServiceClubParkdamage1Sunday morning’s Service Club Park fire in Venice has been deemed unintentional in nature. Venice Fire Marshal Jack Stevenson investigated the blaze at the beachfront park and said it was the unintended consequence of an illegal warming fire, as temperatures had dropped Saturday night. The fire started on the northwest side of the park boardwalk and winds drove it in a southeasterly direction, under the walkway. Open burning on the beach is illegal in the city.
About 70 feet of the boardwalk’s approximate 370 feet was destroyed in the blaze -- roughly a quarter of the structure. Two picnic shelters burned; another was slightly damaged. No injuries were reported.
ServiceClubParkdamage3According to Assistant City Engineer James Clinch, the physical construction work of the boardwalk and picnic shelter replacement project at the park had been 100% complete prior to the fire. The final building inspection of the structure had been scheduled for today, March 5. Work started on the project in November 2017. Although $500,000 was allocated for the work, it had come in under budget at $348,688. Clinch said an engineering inspection of the structure is being scheduled to assess the extent of the repairs.
ServiceClubParkdamage2There is no access to the beach from the boardwalk at this time, and Service Club Park remains closed. The public is strongly advised to avoid the area, which is considered dangerous.