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Old Ruby’s Diner Caught Fire on Friday

Fire on Seal Beach Pier
Posted: May 23, 2016 at 3:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Smoke towered at the coastline of Seal Beach Pier Friday morning as the old Ruby’s Diner building caught fire. The fire was reported at the Orange County Fire Authority around 7:45 in the morning, according to Captain Larry Kurtz.

The burnt building was the old Ruby’s Diner, which closed last 2013. The fire was so great that there was still smoke coming out from the gutted structure more than 7 hours since the fire broke out.

The aerial video from Sky5 shows that 3 boats were initially surrounding the old diner as they used water cannons to contain the fire.

Fire on Seal Beach Pier

Fire boats respond to a fire on the Seal Beach Pier (Credit: KTLA)

“A fire on a building at the end of a pier is definitely a challenge,” says Kurtz.

Firefighters used hundreds of feet of hose down the pier and boats from the fire department of Long Beach helped. There were dozens of fire engine pared near the pier.

According to Kurtz, his crews tried to keep the flames from burning much of the actual pier.

In a tweet by the Long Beach Fire Department, a fourth boat (the largest boat on the West Coast) later joined the fight to put two more large streams of water onto the fire.

The fire last Friday wasn’t actually the first incident to leave the pier in need of repairs. In 1083, a storm tore a deck off the pilings of the pier, according to Los Angeles Times. It was reported to have been damaged again during fire incidents in 1992 and 1994.

In fact, just last year, Hurricane Marie with powerful winds and surf has damaged the structures of the pier, according to the reports from the Orange County Register.

The cause of the fire last Friday is still under investigation. Firefighters are still overhauling the scene in the afternoon hours.