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Investigation continues into cause of Petaluma fire

Investigators intent on determining the cause of a fast-spreading vegetation fire that swept through western Petaluma Monday afternoon were heading out to the scorched properties Tuesday morning.

"We are heading back out there to look," said Rancho Adobe Battalion Chief Herb Wandel. "We are hoping to find something. We have it narrowed down and have an area of origin."

Thompson Lane Fire


The blaze, which eventually burned a little less than 20 acres, started at a property on Thompson Lane east of Petaluma.

Five outbuildings were totally destroyed and at least three others sustained damage as gusty winds accelerated the blaze and area residents were evacuated, Wandel said. Three residences were also damaged but firefighters quashed the flames before more extensive damage occurred, he said.

"They did a really good job," he said.

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