Fire produces smoke, little damage at Martinez Junior High School

By DONNA BETH WEILENMAN
Martinez Tribune

MARTINEZ, Calif. – A fire reported Sunday at Martinez Junior High School, 1600 Court St., alarmed neighbors because of rising smoke, but was confined to an “extremely small spot of the campus, Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Robert Marshall said Monday.

He called it a “spot fire,” and explained: “A spot fire is usually about a foot in diameter or less.”

Calls to the school were not returned by press time.

No cause was determined, although Marshal did not rule out a stray cigarette or similar object.

“Our crews arrived, put it out, and returned in less than four minutes,” he said. “They did not conduct an investigation because it was so small.”

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