An electrical malfunction is suspected of starting a fire Saturday
evening inside a converted shipping container that was used for storage at
the Liberty Ship Marina in Sausalito, a Southern Marin Fire Protection
District investigator said Monday afternoon.
There was electricity inside the 40- by 8 1/2-foot metal container
and an electrical panel close to the origin of the blaze in the left rear
corner of the container, Fire Prevention Officer and investigator Fred
The cause, however is still under investigation, Hilliard
The fire at 41 Liberty Ship Way was reported at 7:11 p.m. and
controlled in 40 minutes.
There were two 5-gallon aluminum propane tanks, gas tanks, oils
and chemicals inside the container that was used by Dave's Diving Services
Inc., Hilliard said.
The company is a boat repair shop at 39 Liberty Ship Way.
Bystanders reported hearing explosions before seeing flames,
Battalion Chief Jim Irving said.
A 15-square-foot wooden shed that was up against the storage
container, and a separate 40- by 8 1/2-foot wooden storage container also
burned but were not destroyed, Hilliard said.
Irving estimated the damage at $250,000.
Firefighters from Southern Marin, Marin County Fire Department,
and the Mill Valley, Tiburon, San Rafael, Ross Valley and Kentfield fire
departments responded to the blaze.