Fire Destroys 50-Foot Yacht in Petaluma

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The cause of a blaze that flared in a yacht near the turning basin of the Petaluma River early Saturday is under investigation, Petaluma police said Saturday morning.

Police and firefighters responded to the fire around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to police. The firefighters completely extinguished the fire, but an odor is lingering because of heavy fog in the area, police said.

The odor doesn't present public hazards, according to the Petaluma Fire Department, but residents who are concerned about it are encouraged to close windows and stay indoors.

The cause is being investigated by the Petaluma Fire Department and other agencies. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Petaluma Police Department tips line at

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