Larkspur structure fire erupts Friday morning

Sam Kimball and Ben Choucroun

On Friday morning at approximately 7:15 a.m., a structure burst into flames within Madrone Canyon, sending plumes of smoke into the air. Seven local fire crews spent the morning fighting the fire at 2 Palm Ave. in Larkspur, battling the intense smoke and crumbling walls. According to neighbor Jennifer Cochran, who lives next door, the building has been under construction with residents continuing to occupy the home. The residents were able to evacuate safely and no injuries were reported.

Pointing at the inferno, firefighters discuss their plan of attack. (Sam Kimball)

“We looked out on our porch and there was a huge wall [of flames]. … My mom is visiting and [staying] in our guest house in the back, [close to the fire]. She noticed smoke forming outside,” Cochran said.

Edie DeGraff lives just across the street from 2 Palm Ave. and heard a loud explosion early in the morning. 

“At 7:30 [a.m.], we heard two huge booms, like a bomb went off. All of a sudden we looked out the bathroom window and it was an inferno of smoke,” DeGraff said. 

DeGraff stated that after the fire began, the emergency vehicles arrived promptly, only taking 10 minutes to appear on scene.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown as well as whether anyone was injured during the fire.